Long Island’s Atlantis Marine World just announced plans for a major expansion to the facility giving visitors a better look beneath the waves and beyond the ocean. This 97,498-square-foot, $24 million expansion, along with the 100 room, 70,000-square-foot hotel already in construction, continues the aquariums goal to maintain a unique and evolving destination for visitors.
Since the aquarium was founded in 2000, Atlantis Marine World promised that it would make an important impact on downtown Riverhead and continually reinvent itself to attract and maintain visitors each year. This year is no exception.
“This year, our Aquarium is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, and in what seems to be a wave of new investment in downtown Riverhead, we are finally kicking off our longawaited phase two of our originalconstruction plans, thanks in part to the financing by TD Bank,” announced Aquarium coowner and cofounder, Jim Bissett. “This has been a long road, we have spent more than five years in design development – working with the town, the state, and the county to make sure that the best project possible would come to our downtown’s Main Street.”
The plans are set to encompass an area located on the east side of the present building in front of Treasure Cove Resort Marina. The new structure will include a 28,000-square-foot exhibition, banquet and conference center. The site is set to open this summer.
[via Long Island Press]