Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
This is a comment on the article “Land On The Village Mind” by Rich Forestano in the Mineola American, Dec. 4-10.
My main comment will be regarding the lot on 2nd Street west of Roslyn Road which abuts the Western Beef lot. Comments have been made that local businesses need it as a parking lot. The following will show that this assumption is entirely false. I will mention each business in this area.
The Black Sheep has all the parking it needs. Only on Wednesday and Friday nights is it full. At that time, there is more than sufficient parking on 2nd Street east and west, on Roslyn Road and on Roosevelt Place. 84 2nd Street and the law offices next door have private parking. Next to the west is at present a wellness center which has the same. Next is the corner law offices with parking behind.
Across Roosevelt Place is a private house and Kenney Electric with parking. Next is Nassau Chromium Plating which utilizes some metered parking in addition to what it has. I never see all of the metered parking used at once.
There are three stores in the building across Roslyn Road from The Black Sheep that are now vacant. Nothing survives very long there and it has nothing to do with parking. There is always free parking on Roslyn Road within a block or two.
This sums up the entire situation.
This lot on 2nd Street would be good for another retirement apartment house providing it has below ground level parking. Drainage would be simple, it is next to the sump. It is also next door to a supermarket and pizzeria. Once the abutting shrubbery grows up it would be like being next to a park and could also have an outdoor patio on the side (take it as a pun if you wish).
Unrelated is the Mineola lot No. 23. It is quite full on weekdays which I assume is commuter parking. It is convenient to the train and to expand it, part of it next to the tracks could be made two-level with the option to expand that in the future. Better than more lots. The need to develop the downtown is limited primarily in the area between the tracks and Old Country Road. It is quite conceivable that in the future it will be regretted if new structures don’t have underground parking. Otherwise the land will be wasted and will be a parking lot sprawl. Drainage would be simple with the new large sump which at present is quite empty.