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Apartment Complex Hearing Adjourned Until August

Public hearing set for August 8 on old Keyspan property rental possibilities

Mineola Properties (MP) LLC requested an adjournment for a second public hearing on its plan to build a rental complex at 250 Old Country Road. Keyspan used to occupy the building.

The meeting would have taken place last week. The Mineola Village Board set Aug. 8 as the date of hearing the changes of MP’s plan. The building is located on the north side of Old Country Road, directly across from the Nassau Legislature and Executive Building on West Street.

In a letter obtained by the Mineola American, MP legal counsel representative Kevin Walsh noted changes developers and architects have made from the previous hearing on May 23. The changes were made June 12, according to the letter.

Walsh did not return calls for comment. Developer Kevin Lalezarian declined to comment on the project.

Lalezarian was put on the spot during the May hearing when asked if he would sell developing rights to the property, much like Polimeni International LLC did with the Winston Manor Residential Complex to be built on Willis Avenue. He hesitated at first, but indicated that he would not sell the rights to an unbuilt project.

“We have the latest proposal and we’re going to review it,” Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss said. “We have to go over it and see if it fits in for Mineola.”

Walsh, Markus, McDougal & DeBellis LLP, along with Stephen B. Jacobs Group P.C., presented artist renderings and updated conceptual drawings of the revised building in a packet to the Mineola Village Board.

“The applicant had hoped to appear [on June 20], having submitted seven days ago additional plans based on the comments of the board and the public,” Village Attorney John Spellman said. “They were not able to put those together. Late [on June 20] they delivered a letter to the board, requesting an adjournment.”

The plan presented last month called for a 345-unit rental dwelling, a 68-unit increase from the proposed 2009 plan. The new unit total is now proposed at 315.

The rental complex would consist of one, two and three-bedroom units. The new proposal indicates 166 one-bedroom apartments, 127 two and 22 three-bedroom apartments would be housed in the new configuration.

“They have their elevation drawings and site plans and also their comparison chart between what was originally proposed several years ago, what was recently proposed and what the proposal is right now,” Spellman stated.

The building would stand at 10-stories. However, the building is approximately 5-feet shorter to the top of the penthouse. Along Old Country Road, the building height would be 84-feet-9 inches tall, while on Third Street the building would reach 94-feet-2 inches in height.

The plan saw a 108 parking space decrease from the presentation in May. The new allotment calls for 410 parking spaces.

On July 15, 2009, the board of trustees at the time said the building did not have enough on-site parking, resulting in spillover into local parking. In May, Walsh cited major architectural and occupancy changes to the project, indicating the building would hold 686 residents, an increase of 198 from its previous proposal in 2009 for a “townhouse-like” development. The board was unsatisfied with those changes and asked for additional adjustments, hence the additional go-around at Village Hall in August.

The village would receive $2.5 million in amenities if the application were approved. The developers need to pay for the improvements to the streetscape.

Project architects decided to reorient the building, having it face and siphon traffic onto Third Street, rather than Old Country Road, according to lead architect Stephen Jacobs. At the May hearing, Jacobs said additional units that would be required under a rental configuration would call for 1.5 parking spaces per unit. The building would also incorporate solar panels.

Under the new proposal, 472.5 parking spots would be available, roughly 1.3 spaces per unit.