Real Estate mogul Donald Trump and New York State parks officials announced Friday that they have reached an agreement that will allow the developer and reality show star to construct a restaurant at Jones Beach State Park.
The deal brings to an end a five-year legal battle between Trump and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The fight included several lawsuits in the high-profile feud, which stalled Trump’s plans to build a catering hall at the Center Mall boardwalk at the popular beach.
“We’ve broken the logjam,” Rose Harvey, the state parks commissioner, said in a statement. “And with the lawsuits behind us [we] can focus on other necessary steps to revitalize this magnificent park for its seven million annual visitors.”
The facility will include a restaurant with capacity for more than 400 people, and catering areas that can accommodate up to 1,250 guests. Trump on the Ocean LLC will invest $24 million into the facility. The state won’t provide any funding.
Trump gets a 40-year lease.
The project will add construction jobs and the restaurant will employ several hundred permanent workers.
“This is a settlement that is good for everybody, especially the State of New York, and will lead to the creation of the finest facility of its kind anywhere in the country,” Trump said in a statement, calling it “a facility that the late great Robert Moses would have been proud of.”
For years, both sides argued over a basement that Trump wanted to build at the site. The state said it couldn’t be done because it is in a flood zone.
Under the agreement, the facility will have a downsized basement, which can only be used for storage use, officials said.