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Hurricane Delays West 130 Opening

Storm issues push apartment complex unveiling to December

The deteriorating façade is a distant memory; it’s criminal aura ancient history. The blight it cast on West Hempstead is gone and has been replaced by a new, much needed updated structure. It was scheduled to breathe life into the area in October, but Mother Nature had other plans.

The opening of West 130, an apartment complex that now occupies the former space of the infamous Courtesy Hotel, has been delayed due the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The dwelling was supposed to open in October.

The former hotel that was a sight of criminal activity and structural ineptitude shuttered its doors on Jan. 10, 2011. Mill Creek Residential Trust purchased the property one month later.

Mill Creek representatives have set a move-in date for some time in December. West 130 Senior Leasing Consultant Anthony Williams noted no structural hiccups because of Sandy’s Wrath.

“We’re still scheduled to open sometime in December,” Williams said.

The project was able to move forward because the town created a “Transit Oriented Development” zone in late 2008 that allowed for greater density in the area. The Long Island Rail Road’s promise to keep vacant its 1-acre site between the hotel and the train station also gave the project the space it needed.

The property, located at 130 Hempstead Avenue, sits a stones throw from the West Hempstead line of the LIRR. The station saw weekend service cut in 2010.

Whether or not Friday through Sunday service will be restored remains to be seen. The MTA did not return calls for comment.

“I think [the complex] was without electricity for a while, but not long,” West Hempstead Community Support Association President Rosalie Norton said.

Norton has been at the forefront of every development, from the initial plan to rid West Hempstead of the hotel, to its demolition last year.

“As far as the delayed opening, like everything else if you go to buy a house or anything that you’re closing on that’s of a large, substantial purchase, they’ll give you a target date,” Norton said. “[Mill Creek] hoped it would be some time in November…I always said it would be some time at the end of November, middle of December.”

The building features one, two and three-bedroom floor plans, on-site leasing, management, and maintenance, clubhouse lounges with fireplaces and flat screen HDTVs.

The building’s design consists of a combination of masonry and siding facades, decorative panels and railings, large windows, balconies and gabled asphalt shingle roofs. The sidewalks encompassing the area will receive new lighting and landscaping.

The complex showcases 5,000 square feet of amenity and administrative space. West 130 will include a cyber-café and catering kitchen as well as a fitness center and resort-style swimming pool with a sundeck.

In terms of the floor-plan amenities for individual dwellings, they will include, but are not limited, to full-size washers and dryers, walk-in closets, 9-foot ceilings, wall-to-wall carpeting and individual central heating and air conditioning.

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At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.

During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.

While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


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