Sloan Kettering facility green-lighted

The Hempstead Town board approved a site plan for Memorial Sloan Kettering’s proposed $140 million outpatient treatment and research facility at Mitchel Field as part of the so-called Nassau Hub project.

The site plan and environmental review were the last major hurdles for construction of the 140,000-square-foot medical building, which will adjoin a revamped Nassau Coliseum and a new entertainment district.

The treatment center is to be built on the southwest portion of the property and includes a 450-space parking garage. Nassau County sold the 5-acre parcel to Sloan Kettering for $6.5 million last year.

Architectural details and construction plans still must be approved before construction can begin.

“The town’s approval is a step forward in our plans to establish a state-of-the-art cancer center on a portion of the parking lot surrounding Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum,” Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said in a statement. “This important Nassau County location will save thousands of families from having to travel to Manhattan for cancer treatment and help us grow the healthcare-related research and development industry here on Long Island.”

The master plan for the site covers gutting and renovating the Coliseum and adding hotels, a convention center, health and technology facilities and assorted corporate offices.

“This project will address areas of genuine medical need in our area, and also support good jobs for our residents,” Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby said. “I am happy to see this progressive project move forward.”