In 1981, a time capsule was buried by Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1356 at Garden City Village Hall. It was supposed to be dug up five years later but no one ever did it! Twenty-eight years into the future … the time capsule has been found!
Preservationists offered insight into how the Garden City community can ensure the historic St. Paul’s School lives up to its name on the Preservation League of New York State’s “Seven to Save” list during a forum June 17.
Simon Properties is looking to build a hotel, with office space, restaurants and several retail uses at 900 Old Country Road, more commonly known as the former Avis property. The 21.86-acre parcel of land is located on the south side of Old Country Road, between Zeckendorf and Gate boulevards.
550 Stewart Avenue, LLC, owners of the property north and south of Stewart Avenue near the Roosevelt Field Mall’s entrance, have entered into a month-to-month lease agreement with a Hempstead Nissan dealership to temporarily store cars on their south side property.
Some residents criticized the draft scope for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed demolition of Ellis Hall and the Main Building at St. Paul’s at a June 4 scoping hearing.
Robert Grover, director of the consulting firm Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. out of Babylon, noted that the village board and members of the engineering and construction services firm’s consulting team have identified some issues in a preliminary list. “We’re all here to see if anything needs to be added,” Grover said at the scoping meeting.
A frantic email made its way around Garden City Memorial Day weekend, urging residents to act and act fast. The email spoke of legislation that would streamline the process to dissolve villages, towns and special districts and pleaded with residents to contact their local assemblymen and senators to vote no on the proposed bills.
But on June 1, the Assembly approved the bill (#A8501) by a vote of 117 to 26. Days later, on June 3, the bill passed the Senate (#S5661) by a vote of 46 to 16. As of press time the legislation was waiting for Governor David Paterson’s signature.
Submitted by the Garden City Historical Society
The Garden City Historical Society will host a free forum on the preservation of the former Cathedral School of St. Paul (known by its familiar name, St. Paul’s School), which is currently the subject of exploration for demolition by the Village of Garden City. The Society’s Forum, “Garden City to Become Anytown, USA?” will be held at Cluett Hall at the St. Paul’s Recreation Complex, on Wednesday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m.
The Society has reached out to preservationists who can speak to the opportunities and satisfactions that preservation of historic structures afford to local communities and the need to preserve these structures that represent and epitomize the struggles and histories of the past. St. Paul’s School is currently listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places, and it was named by the Preservation League of New York State as one of its 2003 “Seven to Save.” Without these connections to the past, host communities risk becoming typical, non-descript, cookie-cutter communities, losing the unique identity that irreplaceable historic structures contribute.
A developer hopes to knock down the former KeySpan building at 250 Old Country Road to make way for a nine-story, 257-unit condominium complex in Mineola that some nearby Garden City residents, particularly those living in the Cherry Valley apartments, fear will infringe upon their quality of life.
The existing office building, owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), stands five stories tall. The MTA purchased it as part of the Intermodal Center project but agreed to put the building back on the market. A developer, 250 Old Country Road LLC, has agreed to purchase it.
CSEA Nassau Local 830, Nassau County’s largest public service union, has called for the county to either take back control of Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) from its Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) or create a special taxing district to create a new revenue stream for the facility. The Nassau Health Care Corporation (NHCC) is comprised of NUMC, A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility and several outlying clinics. The NHCC is a public multi-facility system that provides comprehensive, high quality health care to residents regardless of ability to pay.
According to CSEA Local 830 President Jerry Laricchiuta, changes need to be made in the way the hospital is funded in order to secure its future.
The Garden City Police Department and the Nassau County Police Special Victims Squad is investigating an incident where a male assailant attacked a female jogger in the vicinity of Hilton Avenue and Cedar Place on Sunday, May 17, at approximately 6:45 a.m.
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