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Groundbreaking Held at Former BOCES Site

Homewood Suites Hotel expected to be completed in 15 months

While the audible beeps and bustle of construction vehicles may bother some Carle Place residents adjacent to the former BOCES site at 234 Westbury Ave., Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano called the sounds “music to our ears.”

Mangano said that the construction of the new Homewood Suites Extended Stay Hotel, which is expected to open in spring 2012 and will feature 150 units, create 70 construction jobs and will result in 23 permanent jobs when completed.

“In these economic times, that’s a sound you don’t hear too much in Nasasu County. When tourists come here and leave their dollars here, there’s no better dollar for Nassau County,” said Mangano, who noted that hotel stays in the county have increased over the past year.

Since 2006, Mangano said that Nassau County has received over $10 million in hotel-motel funding and tourism activity has increased since 2010. Some of that money has helped in the historical restoration efforts within the county, Mangano noted.

“From holding the line on property taxes to reforming Nassau County’s broken assessment system, we are fixing the culture here in Nassau County. We are welcoming businesses to Nassau County and want them to understand that we understand that high taxes kill jobs and have hurt our county,” said Mangano.

Allan Rose, principal at AVR-Carle Place Associates LLC, the company developing the Homewood Suites, thanked Nassau County’s Industrial Development Agency for their assistance in fostering the public-private partnership.

According to the county, the IDA provided AVR with a property tax Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program, a mortgage recoding tax exemption and a sales tax exemption for purchases of equipment and furnishings for the new hotel.

“This project will eliminate a long-time eyesore in the community and at the same time fulfill unmet demand in the region for extended stay hotel rooms,” said Joseph Kearney, executive director of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency.