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Carle Place Civic Association Meeting Covers Local Happenings

TNH Councilwoman Viviana Russell Attends, Converses With Attendees

The Carle Place Civic Association recently met to discuss topics around town, ranging from the vacant Avis property on Old Country Road to the annual Carle Place Fun Run, and residents were also able to pose questions to Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Viviana Russell.

A spokesman from Equity One Inc., the company which currently owns the former Avis property on Old Country Road and Cherry Lane, explained the current state of the 22-acre property and what steps are necessary to move forward with demolition and rebuilding.

“We purchased the Walmart shopping center at Westbury Plaza in October of 2009 and at that time we were informed that the Avis property was available, that Simon had some issues and was looking to potentially unload the property, and given that we were the owner of the property next door, it made sense for us to purchase that property,” said the spokesman.

According to the Equity One, Inc. website, the company lists the current Westbury property as one featuring “strong middle-income demographics that will support a ground-up development of this size and benefit from the strong daytime population of nearly 400,000 within the trade area.”  

CPCA President Peter McDonnell addressed concerned residents inquiring about loitering on the site and said there was “no evidence of squatters” at the property.

TNH Councilwoman Viviana Russell later addressed a resident’s apprehension regarding the AVR property (former BOCES site on Westbury Avenue) and explained how the Town of North Hempstead helps to maintain the property.

Russell said that a site plan has been approved but no building applications are currently in front of the Town building department. The site, many residents complained, continues to be an eyesore.

“The weeds and the grass have been overgrown. We put in a service request through our 311 system, so Code Enforcement is following up with the property owners to make sure that the grass gets cut and the property gets kept up. If that does not happen we have to proceed further with going to court,” said Russell.

Russell noted that the town can maintain the sidewalks but cannot enter the property, as it’s privately owned.

“Unfortunately people don’t always act as fast as we’d like,” Russell said.

Russell said that the Albraco property on Westbury Avenue is in a similar state with weeds overgrowing and unsightly conditions.

“I have been to that property and we are pursuing that as well,” Russell added.

McDonnell also stated in an email that several roads in Carle Place, along with a leaky roof at the Community Center at Fuschillo Park, require immediate attention but neither issue has been addressed.

“We have extensive paper work that shows how long we’ve been trying to get these problems resolved, yet both projects keep being promised for the next year,” said McDonnell.

The next CPCA meeting will take place on Oct. 20 in the north cafeteria at Carle Place High School, where residents will be invited to “Meet the Candidates.”

An annual tradition for several years, the Carle Place Family Fun Run will take place on Oct. 24.