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Wood Road Parcel Will Go From Dump To Deal

Nassau County to sell plot to park district for $1,000

Jean Pierce, a Great Neck resident who circulated a petition asking Nassau County to turn over a parcel on the corner of Arrandale Avenue and Wood Road to the Great Neck Park District so that it would be maintained properly, is delighted that a deal has been struck and final steps are under way to convert the property. “Of course,” she remarked, “I wish they were selling it to the park district for a dollar, but I’m just glad that it’s finally happening.”

The wooded lot adjacent to the Parkwood Sports Complex has been an eyesore for many years. The county has a drainage sump located there and periodically, after getting complaints from nearby residents, a public works crew would come over and make a stab at clearing it of litter.

But with Nassau County’s fiscal crisis, keeping the lot attractive was not a high priority. Park district commissioners and their attorney, Chris Prior, pursued a deal with the county, but had been rebuffed in the past. Under the Suozzi administration, the real estate unit for the county had offered the lot to the park district for $1 million. Naturally, that offer died on the vine.

Park Board Chairman Robert Lincoln said, “I think the squeaky wheel of protesting residents really helped. I’m sure the county has many such parcels scattered all over the county and they have a lot on their plate.”

According to Lincoln, the actual sale will take a few months. First, a short environmental study must be done to make sure that there are no contamination problems on the site. That expense will be borne by the park district.

Then the final approval will go to the Nassau County Legislature. Lincoln does not anticipate problems since “It’s being supported by County Executive Mangano so we expect it to be approved.” The county gets a little money, they are unburdened of the responsibility of the site, and it will be a happy ending to a sad tale of neglect and will be a dump no more.

Now, if we could just get folks not to litter in the first place....