Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 21 June 2013 00:00
Plans for the Old Country Road apartment complex have been rejected yet again by the Village of Mineola, according to Buildings Superintendent Dan Whalen. The 17-page rejection to Mineola Properties (MP) LLC focused on state code issues.
MP has resubmitted plans to Mineola three times since taking over the property. The initial proposal called for 257 apartments. A second revision raised it to 345, with more, smaller units. This latest version pared the project down again to 315.
Mayor Scott Strauss called this a “normal standard process,” with plan resubmissions.
“It was not necessarily [rejected from] a design perspective, but it was generally from an engineering perspective in relation to materials,” said Whalen. “Some of them were from, strictly a New York State standard for New York State building code. Others were building practices and other cases.”
Walsh, Markus, McDougal & DeBellis LLP, along with Stephen B. Jacobs Group P.C., have represented developer Ken Lalezarian from the outset of the project in 2009. Lalezarian did not return calls for comment.
The Mineola American first reported last July that the new MP plan called for a downsizing to 315 units. Under the most recent plan , the rental complex would consist of 166 one-bedroom apartments, 127 two-bedroom apartments and 22 three-bedroom apartments. Thirty two apartments are to be set aside for next generation/first responder housing
The newly rejected proposal also provided for 472 parking spots, roughly 1.5 spaces per unit, according to traffic expert John Canning of Hauppauge-based VHB.
“They have it back in their hands and I’m sure we’ll hear from them shortly ,” Whalen said. “They’re going to have to resubmit the entire thing.”
The 343,000-square-foot building would stand at 10 stories. However, the building is approximately five feet shorter to the top of the penthouse than in the old plan. Along Old Country Road, the building height would be 84 feet 9 inches tall, while on Third Street the building would reach 94 feet 2 inches in height. The building is on the north side of Old Country Road, directly across from the Nassau Legislature and Executive Building.
The first plan was denied on Nov. 21, 2008. On July 15, 2009, the board of trustees said the second plan did not provide enough on-site parking, resulting in spillover into local parking.
In May 2012, legal counsel Kevin Walsh cited major architectural and occupancy changes to the project, indicating the building would hold 686 residents, an increase of 198 from its previous proposal in 2009 for a “townhouse-like” development. The board was unsatisfied with those changes and asked for additional adjustments.