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Condo Hearing to Continue Tonight

The hearing for a condominium complex to be built at 250 Old Country Road in Mineola will continue tonight at Mineola Village Hall, 155 Washington Avenue at 6:30 p.m.

The village board first held the proposal at a hearing that was held last month. The proposal calls for the demolition of the building, located at 250 Old Country Road (the former site of the Keyspan building) that is currently owned by the MTA, and the construction of a nine-story, 257-unit condominium complex.

The complex would consist of 328 parking spaces on the premises as well as 257 units spread over 10 floors. Representatives of the developer argued that the complex would provide additional tax revenue to the village as well as the school district and fits in with the village’s plan to create a more vibrant downtown area with more residential housing.

At the first hearing, held in May, residents of Mineola viewed the project positively. However, some residents of Garden City expressed concern over what impact the complex would have to residents of the Cherry Valley apartments.

The Mineola residents seemed to take offense to what the Garden City residents said at the last hearing. Because the proposed condo complex is within 300 feet of Garden City and is a subdivision of property, it will eventually need the approval of the Garden City Planning Commission.

“I don’t like hearing that people don’t think Garden City is a good neighbor,” Garden City Mayor Rothschild was quoted as saying in the Garden City Life, an Anton Community Newspaper. “Hopefully we can mend some fences and get something out of it. This building is probably going to be built. But can we do something to lessen the effect on village [of Garden City] residents?”

Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins agreed to meet with residents of Garden City to discuss their concerns.

Some of the Mineola residents took offense to what they perceived as Garden City residents trying to put an obstacle in the way of something they feel will be ultimately good for Mineola.

Some Garden City residents also expressed concern about the proposed Winston condominium complex, which is another major residential project on Old Country Road. The Winston is a nine-story, 285-unit condominium complex that is proposed for the north side of Old Country Road between Willis Avenue and Main Street.

The developer of the Winston, Vincent Polimeni of Polimeni International, has received approval by the Mineola Village Board and the Mineola Planning Board. He is currently waiting for approval from the Nassau County Planning Commission. The project also is a subdivision of property and needs approval from the Garden City Planning Commission.

If all approvals are in place, Polimeni said he is looking for a spring 2010 start or, depending on the state of the economy, a spring 2011 start. He said it would be a two-year project. “The people who are looking to sell their houses and move into a condo couldn’t do that [right now]. This whole thing has to get straightened out before that happens,” he said.

Polimeni said he is absolutely building the complex, it’s just a question of when, depending on the state of the economy.

A work session will follow tonight’s hearing, if needed.

— Joe Rizza