Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 26 April 2014 00:00
Walgreens is looking to relocate its current digs south of Jericho Turnpike. But you won’t have to look very far.
The convenience store/pharmacy giant plans to move into 12 E. Jericho Tpke., former home of the Entenmann’s Bakery Outlet. The current store is set up southwest of the proposed location on Jericho Turnpike and Roslyn Road. A CVS pharmacy currently resides a stone’s throw from the new spot.
“I don’t understand why they would move,” said Walgreens customer Dotty Billinger. “They are going to be too close to each other.”
The proposed 14,518 square foot facility would be open 24 hours (like the current one), house a drive-thru,--- and be developed by Marc Steinberg of Mark Development. He has constructed over 150 Walgreens across the country.
“Walgreens has thrived in the area and will continue to thrive,” he said at a public hearing before the Village of Mineola Board of Trustees last week.
The drive-thru would sit on the eastern part of the property. The current Walgreen’s does not have a drive-thru.
“The new building will be considerably nicer,” said Steinberg’s legal rep Jack Libert. “It will unquestionably improve the new site.”
Architect Anthony Sirizzotti of the Bannet Group said he wanted to incorporate a “residential feel” to the building, rather than a commercial aesthetic.
“We wanted to take into account that there are homes behind the building,” he said. “What we did was break the building up into a few pieces and built a staggered ceiling, with the tallest at the front entrance. We reduced the overall scale of the building while maintaining a sizable parking lot.”
The parking lot would house 71 parking spots and three handicapped spaces, according to Craig Tompkins of Bohler Engineering. Road openings north of the site on Arlington St. will be enclosed with a fence.
Previously, cars could access the street. Two driveways would be built along Jericho Turnpike, with an exit point on Roslyn Road.
“We talked about a fence along Arlington,” said Tompkins. “We thought it would give people a sense of separation. No cars would be coming off the Walgreens lot on to Arlington.”
Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira was concerned that issues plaguing the current store will transfer to the new store. Walgreens has been cited for numerous code violations for unkempt shrubbery.
“The site plan is beautiful,” he said. “Walgreens has had issues over the years; violations have been issued because landscaping was not kept up.”
Currently, Walgreens is only required to hire a landscaper for 90 days after opening per state law. Steinberg said it’s on him to keep it up.
“I need to make sure the landscaping takes,” he said. “They are conscious of landscaping. We put a lot of time in designing this plan.”
Mineola resident Frank Hoare was worried about unruly drivers. While left turns would be prohibited onto Roslyn Road and Jericho from the property, he opined that drivers will make a right on to Arlington Street and head to Columbus Parkway.
“That’s what I would do,” he said. “The people on Arlington will not like that. I’d just go down to Columbus and make the left turn to head eastbound the safe way.”
Pereira discussed left turn issues, but with Jericho Turnpike.
“In the end, if people are going to attempt to go east on Jericho from Walgreens...it’ll be problematic,” he said.
John Harter of Atlantic Traffic and Design estimated that 60 cars per hour passed the site from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays. He found rush hour to be the densest time. On weekends, Harter logged cars from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and found the first two hours to hold the most cars.
“I also tally the volumes at intersections during those hours and I found 4,500 vehicles coming during the midday week’s evening hours and on Saturday, about 3,500,” said Harter.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00
Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the sixth annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 14. With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, the Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event didn’t disappoint Mary Cheung of Great Neck.
“These fairs are always fun,” she said. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. The music is the best part.”
Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00
A bunch of fruit in a bowl may not be that exciting to look at, that is unless you’re looking at them from Nancy Colleary’s point of view. Through her still life paintings, the she explores shadows, colors and light to make the most ordinary objects appear beautiful.
From her in-home studio, she continues to hold classes and work on her own projects, which includes paintings that are on display at Walk Street in Garden City and Chef’s Corner in Mineola.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Mineola resident Michael Patalano of Andrews Road was named one two captains on the Kellenberg Memorial High School varsity football team recently. He played for the Mineola Chiefs for five years, which prepared him for football at the next level. He has three younger sisters. Two of them play sports for the Mineola Mustangs.