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Steel Rising On Mineola Boulevard

Outside shell of Winthrop facility to be completed by fall

Mineola Buildings Superintendent Dan Whalen expects the steel structure of Winthrop University Hospital’s new $60 million research center on Mineola Boulevard will be finished by the first week of September. 

 

Whalen expects engineer plans of the interior of the building soon. The hospital intends to hold a “topping-out” ceremony when the last steel I-beam is set in place on Sept. 9 at 11 a.m.

 

The four-story, .893 acre facility would house research into obesity and diabetes as well as cardiovascular and pulmonary related issues, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) among

others. The building would total 94,000 square feet, village officials said.

 

“[Research] will be centralized there, though some research will continue throughout the hospital,” said Carolann Martines, a Winthrop spokeswoman. “As a true translational research center, the building has been designed to provide for working relationships as well as chance encounters between diverse researchers – those involved in pure “bench” research and those conducting clinical trials – in order to promote innovative ideas and bring about breakthroughs.”

 

Winthrop presented the plan in July 2011 and it was approved two months later. According to hospital officials, the building should be completed by the end of 2014. The building was designed by Perkins Eastman Architects, which also designed the Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

 

“It’s moving along on schedule,” Whalen said. “The last piece of steel...there’s going to be some type of ceremony with the hospital. It’ll probably be an all-day affair. Ultimately, they’re going to have people sign the last steel piece as it goes into the structure.”

 

The new building will house classrooms for the 80 medical students who live and study on the Winthrop campus, which serves as a clinical satellite of the Stony Brook School of Medicine, according to hospital reps. Space will be devoted to classrooms, medical training facilities and a simulation lab, where students train with lifelike robotic mannequins. A 400-seat amphitheater will function as both a lecture hall and a venue for community education events sponsored by the hospital.

 

The Regional Economic Development Council awarded the project a $1 million grant to support the construction after the ground-breaking in January.

 

After the plan was approved in fall 2011, the hospital’s outreach center was knocked down to make way for the new facility. Also on the site was a former poison control center, additional offices associated with the hospital and the former La Cisterna restaurant.

Winthrop contributed $1 million to the village for improvements and public amenities. Approximately $250,000 was awarded to Mineola upon issuance of construction permits and three additional payments of $250,000 were awarded three months, six months and nine months later.

Winthrop will install streetscape improvements along the south, west and east sides of the subject property, including but not limited to sidewalk pavers, trees and benches to match those downtown. The hospital will pay village real estate taxes on all its properties.


News

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


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