In January, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out his vision for the nation's largest convention center, to be built in the New York City borough of Queens.
As proposed, the 3.8 million-square-foot facility would be built on the 67-acre site of Aqueduct Racetrack in Jamaica, Queens, funded by a $4 billion investment from Genting New York, the Malaysian firm that operates Aqueduct's video gaming center.
Cuomo's plan is to replace the 842,000-square-foot Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, which he labeled "not competitive."
"That hurts the New York economy, because we're just not getting the shows here," Cuomo said.
The governor maintained that the project, which would include a casino if New York lawmakers approve gaming in the state, would generate tens of thousands of jobs and add up to 3,000 hotel rooms to the city.
In the weeks following the announcement, politicians and the public have weighed in on the proposal, and the reactions are mixed.
More than half (57 percent) of New York State residents who participated in a poll conducted by Siena College last month were opposed to the project.
George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company, the city's convention and visitor bureau, told M&C, "We have long supported the idea that New York City should be home to a world-class convention venue. On behalf of the meetings and conventions industry, we are eager to learn more about the Cuomo Administration's plans to address critical and complex issues that will surround the development of the site, which will determine the facility's success."