Rallygoers: Commitment to build community center in Elmont has not been fulfilled

Dozens of residents who rallied outside Belmont Park Sunday said the commitment to build a community center in Elmont has not been fulfilled.
"This was part of the original negotiations in terms of when they came into the community to have this as part of the equation," said Bob Baker, of the Locustwood Gotham Civic Association.
Community members said Empire State Development and New York Arena Partners, which consists of Oak View Group, the New York Islanders and Sterling Project Development, agreed to build a 10,000-square-foot community center in Elmont as part of the Belmont Parks Redevelopment Plan.
Assembly Member Michaelle Solages said, "It's been almost five years – they haven't fulfilled that commitment. They are able to build an arena, a retail village and a park for themselves."
Lynette Battle, a parent in the area, said a designated community space would benefit young people in the neighborhood.
“We need this space for our children, we are advocating for our children," Battle explained.
Community members said they've suggested several potential locations in Elmont for developers – but said they have been ignored.
Empire State Development released a statement which reads:
"ESD is working with local officials to ensure the promises made to the community are delivered. Together with our partners we've been able to open the first new LIRR station in nearly fifty years, constructed multi-million dollar improvements at the multi-use Elmont Road Park for community use, and prioritized local hiring. The State will continue to advocate for further progress until all of our partners' commitments are met."