Forest City Ratner also alleges that the dispute has led to "delays and gridlock" in filing plans with the Town of Hempstead. Forest City officials do not believe the suit will hold up the time frame of the project, which is expected to begin in August.
However, a Long Island Business News report suggested that the suit could hold up the project for months.
The disagreement stems from the retail and entertainment component of the project. Sources told LIBN that Forest City Ratner wanted to downsize that portion of the project to a third of what BDG had planned. The Blumenfeld plan included a 100,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops mega-store, a Dave & Buster’s, Modells, an indoor trampoline park, a multi-screen movie theater and a several restaurants.
Ranter's group wants to downsize that to area to a bowling ally, movie theater and restaurant.
Forest City Ratner and BDG are 50 percent partners in the Coliseum project. The two groups partnered in July of 2013 and were selected to redevelop the aging venue a month later. But the relationship has deteriorated over the last couple of months.
Forest City Ratner issued the following statement to LIBN:
"We have an obligation and responsibility to build out the Coliseum and adjoining retail in a way that sustains long-term economic development without compromising the surrounding area. That’s been our goal from the start and what we are doing. Our vision for the retail around the Coliseum will be nothing less than world class, as people expect from the work we’ve done over the last 30 years.”A spokesperson for Ratner told Newsday, "it became very clear from the start that we had completely different visions for the retail and Coliseum." Ed Blumenthal told the newspaper, "we are partners. They don't seem to get that."
Last week Barclays Center officials announced that the University of Kentucky Basketball team was slated to play the first sporting event at the renovated Nassau Coliseum in December of 2016. The game will be nationally televised, according to Newsday.
There are also plans for the arena to hold a college hockey tournament on January 28, 2017 and a college basketball tournament in November of that year.