The wheels have been set in motion for the creation of a left-hand turn lane onto Shore Road from Main Street, heading east. At a recent meeting of the Town of North Hempstead board, council people voted unanimously to move forward by approving the acquisition of the property at 310 Main Street, the southwest corner of Jackson and Main Street. This property would be redeveloped into a metered parking lot for 15-20 cars, possibly more.
The parking lot created by the town would be in exchange for the four on-street parking spots that currently exist in front of the Harbor Deli, Bubba's and Dr. Ruben's Family Dentistry office, on the south side of Main Street. The town feels that the new lot would provide a safe location from which people will be willing to walk to these merchants.
The lane created by the removal of the four existing spots would then be used as a through lane for traffic continuing east on Main Street. The adjacent lane would then be used as the turn lane onto Shore Road.
In presenting the resolution, Councilman Fred Pollack said, "For more than 15 years, the intersection at Main Street and Shore Road has been a major problem. Neither vehicles nor people can safely pass through the intersection."
Pollack noted that a number of public officials attempted to find solutions to ease the traffic tie-up and enhance the safety of pedestrians. As a result, over the past few years, Nassau County has altered the timing of the traffic light and removed at least two parking spaces in the area, he said.
Pollack believes that this proposal offers "the first real opportunity to make a significant improvement at this intersection."
As mentioned in previous articles (Port News-Dec. 7 and Jan. 11), the town will also be stopping further development at 310 Main Street, which is currently somewhat of an inactive property. Should a business be resurrected on the site, with the strong likelihood that the new owner would maximize his/her investment, the situation at the intersection would be exacerbated.
Approval of the resolution means that the town can begin the formal process necessary to acquire the property. Pollack advised, "As we move forward, the town will be hiring an independent traffic engineer to advise us on what steps we should take to turn this concept into reality and also to help assure that we can make this work." He cautioned that if at any time, it appears this action will not have the desired impact, the town will not acquire the property.