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Cuomo Unveils Economic Development Plan for New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposes closing the Javits Center and opening a bigger, convention center to spur economic development. Other proposals included new power transmission lines and Las Vegas-style casinos.

In his State of the State address yesterday, Andrew Cuomo, Governer of New York, proposed building a convention center in Queens to replace the existing Javits Center. Cuomo would open the Javits Center site to bid for developers and create a development plan for museums, hotels, and housing on the existing site.

"A new 3.8-million-square-foot exhibition hall and hotel at the Aqueduct racetrack in Jamaica, Queens, would free up 18 windswept acres owned by the state overlooking the Hudson River in Midtown Manhattan, a site occupied since the 1980s by the much- maligned Jacob K. Javits Convention Center," writes Charles Bagli in The New York Times.

"...Still, the question is whether the Queens project makes sense, experts said. The convention business is highly competitive, and attendance is falling around the country. Most convention centers are run by public authorities at a deficit."

Brad Aaron at StreetsBlog offers his first impressions of the convention center plan: "While it's disappointing to see Cuomo tout a glitzy mega-project as economic development while ignoring bread-and-butter issues like subway and bus service (also noted by Gelinas), Streetsblog readers have pointed out one potential upside: Redeveloping the Aqueduct site in Ozone Park could spur reactivation of the LIRR's defunct Rockaway Branch."

Thanks to Elaine Mahoney

Full Story: First Impressions of the Cuomo Convention Center Plan



Irvin Dawid's picture

Cuomo's Queens Convention Center/Casino Collapses

Born in January, dead by June - a truly bad project - the $4 Billion Plan for the biggest convention center in the U.S. is officially dead, reports Thomas Kaplan and Danny Hakim in the NYT on June 1. It would have been a truly long subway ride from Manhattan - Where did the Gov' come up with this dud?

One need not be a planner to realize there were more holes in this plan than substance. Yes, Aqueduct needs a new life - but not as a questionable mega-project. Even the state comptroller was happy with the outcome. "Thomas P. DiNapoli, who had questioned Mr. Cuomo’s swift agreement with Genting (the Malaysian gambling company) and had urged a more competitive process, said the decision to change course was “welcome news in the long run.”

Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto, CA

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