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Condemned Land May Be Converted to Public Parks

Village Looking at Material to Construct a 9/11 Monument

New parklands may be coming to the Village of Massapequa Park. Recently, the Town of Oyster Bay board voted to make “findings and determinations” on what to do with property in Massapequa that has been set for condemnation.

Land on both Alhambra Road and Seacrest Place, formerly home to private marinas and a restaurant, are those that will be condemned and purchased by the town.

At a recent meeting, the board voted on such findings to make the necessary steps to acquire the property and determine their usage. The board determined further that the purchase for such property would be to provide “much needed parkland for local recreation purposes.”

The parkland area, the board further stated, would “offer a broad diversity of uses” serving the public. That would include the preservation of open space for “passive park purposes,” for the removal of “unattractive, non conforming” uses and their replacement with a “visually attractive park” at a “key and highly visible” location in a Massapequa neighborhood, and the introduction of a town park into an area currently not served by other such facilities.

In other TOB news, the board of commissioners has approved that funds from the Water Storage Tank Painting Capital Improvement Reserve Account be used for repair work in the Massapequa Water District. The funds will total $1.1 million and will be used for structural repairs and power washing of the one million gallon elevated steel water storage tank at May Place, including safety upgrades, new ladders and lighting and internal and external painting of the tank bowl.

Massapequa may not just be getting new parklands, but another monument. The board of trustees recently approved a motion authorizing Mayor Altadonna to sign an agreement between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Village of Massapequa Park for the transfer of certain pieces of steel from the World Trade Center in the Port Authority’s World Trade Center Archive. The purpose of the agreement is simply to inspect certain materials that may be used to construct a Sept. 11, 2001 memorial on village property.

In real estate news, the Massapequa Fire District, last month, closed on the purchase of a building on 1014 Brooklyn Ave. The purchase was made with $500,000 from Building and Grounds Capital Reserve Fund with an additional sum of $700,000 from the General Account Fund. Fire department personnel have not yet moved into the building but that move is expected to take place shortly.