Manhasset residents who have been wondering what progress is being made at the site of the future King Kullen supermarket in the Manhasset Center (Filene's) need wonder no longer. According to representatives of Kimco Realty Company and King Kullen Grocery Co. this week, construction is on schedule.
"Working outdoors in such harsh conditions is certainly not pleasant, but we're up to the task," said Joseph V. Denis, Kimco vice president for construction. "Extensive site work has been accomplished and foundations will be installed as soon as the weather permits. Recognizing that many in the community have patiently awaited this new supermarket, we're doing everything possible to keep working straight through the winter months."
Edward J. Glackin, King Kullen vice president for real estate, also announced that there has been positive activity on the zoning front. The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court recently affirmed the decision of Justice McCaffrey, Supreme Court, Nassau County, upholding the rezoning of the property by the Town of North Hempstead.
"This confirms that the Town of North Hempstead acted properly in its review of the project," Glackin stated.
The decision by King Kullen and Kimco to proceed with construction in October followed two favorable Supreme Court decisions. In the first case, actions brought by Terrace Manor Civic Association challenging the change of zone were dismissed by the Supreme Court, Nassau County. In the second case, the court also dismissed an action challenging the issuance of the site plan approval by the Town of North Hempstead.
"Area residents will now be able to enjoy the convenience of shopping at a full-service neighborhood supermarket," Glackin concluded. "Just as important, Manhasset Center will be an attractive, vital addition to the existing retail corridor along Northern Boulevard."
The redevelopment includes the demolition and removal of 48,771 square feet of building area between Filene's Basement and the former Today's Man/The Wiz building on Northern Boulevard. The new King Kullen supermarket will total 37,570 square feet and be located in the southwest corner of the property.