For the past several months, the Town of North Hempstead, officials with P.C. Richard, and members of the Greenvale Civic Association have debated and discussed plans by the electronics chain to expand its Greenvale facility.
At its Jan. 27 meeting, the Town Board debated the application again. No decision was made. The board did vote to take up the issue again at its April 28 meeting. It is not known whether a decision on the application will be voted on then, but Greenvale residents and those in East Hills remain alert to the situation.
The Greenvale P.C. Richard is located on Route 25A, between Walnut and Marion Streets, one block east of Glen Cove Road.
At the Dec. 8 meeting, Gary Richard, the current CEO of the company and a fourth-generation executive of the family that first opened the store 99 years ago, said that the desire to expand the Greenvale store wasn't based on making more money, but simply being competitive with the larger chains.
Richard said his company is happy to remain in Greenvale. He also claimed that its interior is insufficient.
"We have a great location in Greenvale, but [it is] too small," he said. "We can't compete with the large chains. We need a larger showroom to display [our] televisions."
Bruce Migatz, an attorney for P.C. Richard, noted that progress had been made in negotiations with the Greenvale Civic Association. He said that the expansion's design is smaller than the original plan. The total size of the proposed store, Migatz said, would be 31,898 sq. ft., down from the original size of 37,212 sq. ft. In addition, there would be buffer zones to screen local homes from the proposed parking lot. Migatz said there would be 104 parking spaces on the lot, plus land-banked parking that would also include a buffer zone. The parking lot, Migatz added, would be complimented by a green space on the lot.
Still, the Greenvale Civic Association, plus officials from the Village of East Hills maintained their opposition to expansion plans.
John Fabio, president of the civic association, said that his organization had no problem with the current makeup of the P.C. Richard store. He also said that the new traffic patterns from the proposed expansion would put pedestrians, including children, in danger. He also cited potential problems with congestion, noise, and "light pollution" from lighting fixtures on the proposed lot. Similar concerns were expressed by State Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D.-Glen Cove), East Hills Deputy Mayor Linda Nathanson, and a number of Greenvale residents who spoke at the meeting.
Fabio also said that if the new facility failed, then the village would be stuck with a "white elephant" on its property.