We DEMAND a Community Center in Elmont Now!

Dear Neighbor,

A community center serves as the heartbeat of any town – fostering unity, delivering essential services, and creating a hub for residents to gather. Your support is crucial in turning this vision into a reality for Elmont. We've launched a petition to showcase the overwhelming demand and necessity for a community center in our town.

In 2018, Empire State Development (“ESD”) selected New York Arena Partners (“NYAP”) through a competitive Request for Proposals process to redevelop surplus formerly state-owned land adjacent to the Belmont Park thoroughbred horseracing facility in Elmont, New York. NYAP is a partnership between Oak View Group, the New York Islanders, and Sterling Project Development and was designated to lead the redevelopment of Belmont Park.

Due to our advocacy, as part of a community benefits agreement, NYAP was responsible for securing and building a facility of up to 10,000 square feet within the unincorporated Hamlet of Elmont to serve as a community center. The site would be leased to an operator at no cost for up to 10 years, with an option to extend.

Join me and other community leaders in pushing ESD and NYAP to take quick action for Elmont! Let's get that site set up and start building our community center!

Together, let's make this dream come true for Elmont.


Hon. Michaelle C. Solages
Assemblywoman District 22



Dear New York Arena Partners and New York State Empire Development,

We, the undersigned residents and concerned community members, come together to express our strong support and earnest request for a community center in the development plans negotiated by New York Arena Partners (NYAP) and New York State Empire State Development (ESD). As stakeholders in our vibrant community, we can no longer wait. 

We understand that the development plans are currently under consideration, and we urge NYAP and ESD to prioritize the community's well-being and not delay the construction or siting of the community center. 

By signing below, we lend our voices to this collective plea, emphasizing the importance of building a community center that will complement the envisioned development and contribute significantly to our neighborhood's social and cultural fabric.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. We look forward to witnessing a collaborative effort that reflects the true spirit of community building.