Written by Cory Twibell: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00
For a community as small as Carle Place, the cozy hamlet sure sees a lot of action.
The Carle Place Civic Association addressed residents at the high school library on March 21 regarding the Nassau Hub study, the Gallery at Westbury Plaza center, Carle Place-Mineola flood remediation, local construction projects and more.
CPCA President Peter McDonnell said that the Nassau Hub organization narrowed its options to two possibilities: a bus or light rail service that will travel south from Mineola’s 2nd Street station through the Glen Cove Road area of Carle Place toward Hempstead Turnpike. Hub representatives spoke at a recent CPCA meeting, during which many community members voiced their discontent with the potential transit project.
“There was a lot of opposition and unhappiness from us about that as to why it has to go through Carle Place, but again, nothing is final yet,” McDonnell noted, adding that construction would begin in 2020, at the earliest.
McDonnell said that NassauHub.com has a section for input and concerns, although Westbury resident Thomas Sobczak, Jr. recently noted that the comments section of the website has been down for weeks.
“I have to question Jacobs Engineering’s and the county’s real interest in publicly asking for comments using the Nassau Hub website but having a broken communications system. It is unconscionable in this day and age and with Jacobs’ formidable financial resources that the website would have errors and for such a long time,” said Sobczak.
Five or six stores will re-locate slightly west from the Source Mall to the Gallery at Westbury Plaza (former Avis property) on Old County Road, according to McDonnell.
Simon Malls, who owns the Source, did not provide details as to possible new tenants. The Fortunoff family owns its store on the Source Mall site, so McDonnell said that both parties would likely be working together on future plans.
One new tenant at the Gallery will be Sports Authority. McDonnell said that there is a possibility that its former neighbor, Walmart, may expand into that space and build a Super Walmart.
One major issue around town several months ago was residential burglaries. McDonnell said there’s been a decrease in home break-ins over the past few months and Neighborhood Watch signs are now in place throughout Westbury and Carle Place, thanks to the Village of Westbury and the Town of North Hempstead.
Several Neighborhood Watch members recently participated in a “ride-along” with the Nassau County Police Department 3rd Squad and observed how to spot suspicious behavior in the area.
“We’re not talking minor flooding. We’re talking major flooding – for the past 40 years,” explained McDonnell, adding that the three parties involved in the issue (Nassau County, Town of North Hempstead, Village of Mineola) have entered the engineering phase and hope to finish construction by 2013.
The county portion is on Sheridan Boulevard, which is adding a larger pipe to that area, which would divert water to the Mineola sump. Mineola plans to divide the sump into separate areas and do other drainage work in the Bruce Terrace area. The town’s portion involves building a sump near the former Motor Parkway as well as additional work on Fairfield Avenue in Carle Place.
Carle Place will lose Assemblyman Tom McKevitt as of Dec. 31. Edward Ra, currently serving in the 21st District, will run for assemblyman in the area.
-Homewood Suites, which now occupies the former BOCES site on Westbury Avenue, recently began construction on the building’s third story but has yet to announce how it plans to use the adjacent two-acre plot of land.
-Road reconstruction and drainage work has resumed in the Rushmore Avenue, Titus Avenue and Jamaica Boulevard area.
Construction will likely begin on the senior housing development on Carle Road and Westbury Avenue in the next few weeks.
-Portions of the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce’s recent music night will be donated to the Carle Place High School for a scholarship fund, the Carle Place and Westbury Senior Citizens and the Westbury Library. Another music event is planned for the weekend of April 14 at the high school, featuring a 40-man harmonizing group. For more information, contact John Heslin at 997-7271.
-Louie’s Pizzeria in the Country Glen Center on Old Country Road plans on expanding and adding more seats to its restaurant following the closure of the crepe restaurant next door. A new yogurt store, Cupz, will open in the shopping center as well.
-The roof at Carl Fuschillo Park in Carle Place will be repaired “after six years of fighting,” according to Heslin.
-Part of the Home Depot Expo store in Westbury will become a Fairway Market in the near future.
-Behind the Roosevelt Field Mall, a BJ’s Wholesale Club is being built and will reportedly build its own gas station.
-Two sports bars will soon open on Old Country Road in Carle Place: a BottomzUp Bar and Grill and a newly renovated bar at the Holiday Inn. According to BottomzUp’s Facebook page, their day-to-day operations will be featured on an upcoming reality television show.