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Public Hearing On Old Keyspan Building Set For May 23

Developers want to change configuration from condos to rentals

The last time before Mineola approved a residential complex development realignment, a battle between Mineola, Garden City and developers of the Winston Manor project dominated the collective consciousness of both villages. Concerning the former Keyspan building on Old Country Road, it may finally get its ball rolling.

The Mineola Village Board will hold a public hearing concerning the former Keyspan Building at 250 Old Country Road on a proposed change from a condominium complex configuration to rentals on May 23. This project has been ongoing in the village, but a decision was never rendered, according to village attorney John Spellman.

Spellman cited an issue with a state mandate to set aside at least 10 percent of the units for affordable housing. According to village officials, the issue was whether to incorporate a state requirement for affordable housing set aside either on-site or off-site.

“In the interim, as everyone’s aware, certain things have changed,” Spellman said, continuing, “with respect to the market for obtaining financing for condominiums and the necessity of having Garden City’s consent to subdivision in the form of condominiums.”

Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss said there would most likely be two hearings because certain board members could not commit to the May hearing date.

“We’ve had a couple of scheduling issues, myself personally and I think it’s important that we all be here for this hearing,” Strauss stated.

The Winston Manor project, which made for feverish banter and legal brouhaha for over two years, shifted from condos to rentals before the mandate was certified by the state. Polimeni International LLC changed the configuration to rentals, citing market values showcased a better revenue source than condos.

“This is a fairly important project and it has been years since this applicant has been before this board,” trustee Larry Werther said. “I think it’s important to have a full board here. They’ve taken years for them to come back to us and I don’t understand why this has to be done in a month.”

Any village must obtain subdivision approval for a condo complex if the sits within 300 feet of a neighboring municipality. Much like Winston Manor, the former Keyspan building sits a stones throw from Garden City. If the configuration is changed from condos to rentals, subdivision approval is not needed.

“The applicant delayed their application for years,” Werther said. “Not days, weeks or months, but years. So why not push it off to the next hearing date so that we will all be here? As long as there’s a second public hearing then that’s fine.”

The village has defined affordable housing as 80 percent of mean area income. There is also discussion about next generation and preferential choice for first responders in the project.

The building is located on the north side of Old Country Road, directly across from the Nassau Legislature and Executive Building on West Street.

News

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


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