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.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.