Written by Joe Scotchie Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00
After more than a decade of activity, including lawsuits and counter-lawsuits, a resolution concerning the Roslyn Country Club continues to make progress.
On this Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Town of North Hempstead board hopes to vote on several resolutions establishing Levitt Park in the Roslyn Heights Park District.
As noted in last week’s issue of The Roslyn News, the main resolution would set the cost of the bond to finance the park’s construction at “approximately” $7.5 million. The resolution also states that the bond “not…exceed” that number. Other resolutions would authorize the execution of a professional services agreement for engineering services at the pool and acknowledge the receipt of approval from the New York State Department of Audit and Control and establish the park district.
Currently, the Roslyn Country Club is being used as a catering service. When the Country Club neighborhood was being constructed in the 1940s, membership in a facility that included pool and tennis court usage was part of living in the neighborhood. Over the years, maintenance costs led to ownership changes to the point where pool and tennis court usages were phased out.
The park’s name -- Levitt -- reflects that of the family, synonymous with Levittown. The Levitt family built the Country Club neighborhood as well as Levittown, considered the model for post-World War II suburban development. At recent meetings, Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman has noted that the name can be seen as temporary, one open for change in the future.
The past year has seen significant progress for a park district that would restore the old amenities. At the town’s December 2012 meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve a basic plan, with 7.3 acres housing a heated outdoor pool, Jacuzzi/spa area, water slide and plunge pool, playground, kiddy pool and splash pad, concession and outdoor seating area, bathhouse, lower and upper poolside promenades and resurfaced tennis courts with viewing area.
Also at the December meeting, board members estimated the cost to the typical Town of North Hempstead property at between $800 and $1,000 in the first year, depending on the assessed value of the residential property. Kaiman said that the town would allow for membership to all town residents. But the park district would have to limit separate membership at a price higher than the annual cost to Country Club neighborhood residents. Kaiman estimated that the outside membership cost would run “maybe” in the $1,200 range.
At the July 2012 meeting, the town board approved an acquisition of the 7.3-acre property. After facing opposition from various civic associations from neighboring villages, the town eventually responded with a compromise, creating a special improvement district. With this plan, the town would acquire the property through its Environmental Legacy Fund (ELF) and an estimated cost of $2 million.