Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00
Tuesday evening, Aug. 3, the Village of Westbury Planning Board adopted its resolutions granting site plan approval to Lowe Properties, the owner and proposed developer of the Westbury Movie Theater redevelopment project, thus completing the trifecta of village approvals needed to enable the project to commence.
The long-awaited and anticipated completion of the approval process allows Lowe to now apply to the building department for its building permits, so that renovation and construction activity can start.
“This has been a long and complicated process, both for the village and for Lowe and its principals, and while it has taken longer than anyone would have liked, the final product is a superior project and was well worth the wait. I want to thank the members of the Planning Board, especially Chairwoman Cathy Moromarco and Trustee and former Planning Board Chairman Steve Corte, for their diligent work on this application,” Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro said.
As with the Special Use Permit approval granted by the Board of Trustees, and the variance granted by the Zoning Board, the Planning Board’s approval incorporates the previously executed and revised Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the village and Lowe. The MOA provides, for among other things, the lease by Lowe from the village of 160 parking spaces in the village’s currently under utilized Madison Avenue and Belmont Street municipal lots, on a daily basis, for use during the theater’s hours of operation. The Planning Board’s approval contains additional conditions that the developer is required to meet, including additional review and approvals necessary for signage; further provisions related to parking; limitations on hours and means of deliveries to the site; non-transferability of the site plan approval; and other matters.
Village Senior Building Inspector Bill Mello indicated that he has already had discussions with Lowe’s representatives about issuing a building permit for exterior renovation and roof repair. Mello indicated that, “We will be arranging for a pre-construction meeting with the developer and his team to coordinate all aspects of the project.”
Cavallaro concluded by saying, “I would like to see, and expect, visible construction activity and site improvements to start in the next few weeks. This is an important project for our continued downtown improvement; we have great hope that the project will become a powerful engine for further downtown improvements, and for attracting new residents, business tenants and consumers to our downtown. We are grateful to Cyrus Hakakian and Lowe for their perseverance throughout this process, and for their vision, and willingness to partner with the village to bring something different and special to our downtown”