Written by Wendy Kreitzman Thursday, 21 March 2013 00:00
The prospect of more building in the Village of Great Neck Plaza is now in the hands of Plaza public officials. Plaza Mayor Jean Celender and the board of trustees have begun the process of considering two proposals, one formal and one informal, for Plaza’s central business district. Both proposals were heard earlier, on March 6, at a board of trustees meeting.
Nemat Homes, 5-9 Grace Avenue, proposed a mix development use of retail and multi-family dwellings. The location is on Grace Avenue between Middle Neck Road and Bond Street, on the north side. A conditional use permit application was filed with the applicant listed as 5-9 Grace Plaza LLC, by Nemat Homes, with the owner listed as Hooshang Nematzadeh. Located there were a drive-in CitiBank ATM and a small strip of retail stores that contained Its Gotta Go (accessories), G&S Handbag and Moon River Hair Salon, which relocated across the street and changed its name to Marcari Salon).
The mayor and the board are currently reviewing the application, including the environmental assessment form (EAF) review.
Mayor Celender told the Great Neck Record that she and the board have “numerous concerns … including the size of the project.” She said that the village will ask the applicant to provide “much more information” and “and everything is going to be very carefully reviewed.”
The hearing was continued to a future board meeting.
A possible development project for 3 Grace Avenue was also before the board, for informal discussion, at the March 6 board meeting. The proposal was presented that night, but only for informal discuss and “compass direction. Mayor Celender explained to the Record that the board “had a great many concerns” and the application was “sent back to the drawing board for design changes” and to “address other
modifications and questions” before that proposal may proceed.
The 3 Grace Avenue site is the neighboring site on Grace Avenue, currently containing Quontic Bank, several businesses (including Jeffrey’s World of Travel) and a village easement from Grace Avenue to the parking garage on Maple Drive.
Mayor Celender reported that the possible projects are for mixed used buildings (i.e. retail on the ground floor and residential on the floors above). She added that it is not yet clear whether the residential will be rentals or other form of ownership.
Mayor Celender said that before the proposal could become official “we expect there will be significant modifications to it.”