Opinion

I object very strongly to the proposed rezoning on Lower Main Street to accommodate the Bradley Hotel/Conference Center. The applicant asks the board to approve rezoning of property from residential to commercial to accommodate this leviathan. The proposal isn't viable for this site. If the zoning to build the Bradley Hotel/Conference Center is approved, Lower Main Street will become a virtual parking lot during peak times.

This hotel/conference center relies upon valet parking. However, the proposal does not provide the vehicular standing spaces required for traffic flow. No accessible parking spaces are available for the valets to maneuver the cars. A study of the parking stalls and traffic flow in and out of this property and the proposed underground parking structure indicates that a serious traffic nightmare will occur once the facility becomes operational.

Furthermore, the layout of the parking stalls and access aisles do not provide room for the support columns in the below-grade parking structure.

What will happen to traffic on Lower Main Street when 100 or so people try to enter the convention center and the valets are experiencing gridlock because they have no holding areas or accessible parking spaces?

There are many concerns about this proposal. This site is the wrong place for the Bradley Hotel/Conference Center. Express your concerns by calling Planning Commissioner Michael Levine at 627-0590. You may also e-mail your councilman, Fred Pollack (pollackf@northhempstead.com), or Supervisor Jon Kaiman (kaimanj@northhempstead.com) before March 23. The town board is scheduled to vote on the proposed rezoning on March 27. Let your voice be heard.

Kalpana Thakore


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