Wednesday, February 25, 2009

State plans revamping of Belmont

From Newsday:

The complex at Belmont Park horse racing track in Elmont could be home someday to a hotel, video-lottery parlor, sports complex and senior housing, according to plans released Monday.

The 54-page report, from Empire State Development and the state Racing and Wagering Board, envisions new building projects adjacent to the famed track. Some would be contingent on legislative approval of the installation of slot-like gambling machines at Belmont, which so far has met with resistance in the Democratic-controlled Assembly. Nearby Aqueduct race course already has gained such approval.

At Belmont, an eight-acre parcel near the grandstand could accommodate a hotel and gambling parlor. A 20-acre parcel could be used for a hotel, senior apartments, big-box retail stores and a recreational facility, or a combination of these ideas.

The plans also call for revamping the racing facilities, including employee housing and the grandstand.


Anonymous said...

Sure shoe horn more density.

How about a park?

Oh I get it, 7 year old kids who would be enjoying it don't make campaign contributions.

Anonymous said...

Belmont is a beautiful place and can expand in a good sense if they model after the jewel of the State - Saratoga Springs race track. Belmont simply need to do this in it's own way to capture the special Belmont flavor. Skip the big box stores and hotels - what does that have to do with a successful racing program? Those things can grow nearby to feed or feed off belmont.