Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00
Since last December, P.C. Richard & Sons, the longtime appliance store chain in the New York area, has wanted to expand its Greenvale store. Meetings before the Town of North Hempstead board have taken place, but the council has time and time again postponed a decision on the application.
At its Sept. 29 meeting, the board did it again, voting to continue the meeting until Nov. 17. John Fabio, president of the Greenvale Civic Association, told The Roslyn News that his organization has made design suggestions to P.C. Richard and that the civic association is currently waiting for a final drawing of the expansion proposal. When that happens, both the civic association and P.C. Richard personnel hope to meet and come up with a design acceptable to both sides.
P.C. Richard is seeking a change in zone from Residence C to Business B for its premises so that the existing 25,754 sq. ft. appliance store may be expanded to 44,089 sq. ft. and related construction of a 104-space parking lot. The Greenvale P. C. Richard is located on Route 25A, between Walnut and Marion Streets, one block east of Glen Cove Road.
At past meetings, P.C. Richard executives and attorneys have argued that expansion wasn’t based on making more money, but simply being competitive with the larger chains. Bruce Migatz, an attorney for P.C. Richard, has noted that the expansion’s design is smaller than the original plan. In addition, there have been changes to the proposed color and façade. All this was done, Migatz added, after meetings and consultations with the Greenvale Civic Association.
Opponents to the plan, which include both civic association members and trustees with the Village of East Hills, have cited the usual traffic concerns, plus the safety of pedestrians, including children, and the problem of possible “light pollution” from lighting fixtures on the proposed lot.
At the Sept. 29 meeting, the board also continued to Nov. 17 a resolution concerning the adoption of an ordinance affecting Willis Avenue and Coventry Avenue in Albertson, one that would establish a No Right turn restriction for Willis Avenue onto Coventry Avenue, from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; and, a No Commercial Vehicles, except local residential delivery restriction on the south side of Coventry Avenue, east of Willis Avenue.
But the board also approved several resolutions concerning the Roslyn area.
The board approved a resolution authorizing an amendment to the Inter-Municipal agreement establishing the joint sponsorship board in order to give a Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) for the benefit of both Roslyn Fire Companies, Roslyn Highlands and Roslyn Rescue.
The board also approved a resolution authorizing a General Support Fund for the Herricks Community Fund and a Nutrition Fund for the Herricks Union Free School District.
Finally, the board approved a joint petition of the board of commissioners of the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire District and the Village of North Hills, one that would extend the boundaries of that fire district into portions of North Hills.
In addition, the board approved Oct. 20 as the hearing date for a resolution that would rescind an ordinance, allowing for the removal of currently posted parking restrictions, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Saturday, Sunday, and holidays on the north and south sides of Willow Street, between Plymouth Avenue and Burnham Avenue, in Roslyn Heights.