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‘Meadow Commons’ Construction Progressing

New commercial development could be finished in a few months if weather holds up.

East Meadow Avenue will soon of seven new stores, thanks to the much-discussed “Meadow Commons” project.

Situated on the property that once housed the Crystalbrook catering facility, the new construction will include seven commercial spaces that will be leased. Six of the units will be around 1,000 square feet each, with the seventh having slightly more room.

Meadow Commons owner Saeed Ahmed said that the construction at the site is “moving very well.” If the weather continues to cooperate – meaning the snow stays away – the units could be finished in two to three months, he said.

“If we start to get snow it is going to delay it a little bit,” Ahmed added.

The following are a list of variances for that have been applied for:

  • Variance with conditions to construct a one-story masonry retail building and site improvements per the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).
  • Variance with conditions to install dumpster enclosure per BZA grant.
  • Variance with conditions for off-street parking and an front yard setback per BZA grant. 
  • Variance with conditions to install a six-foot fence per BZA grant.
  • Install Pylon Sign.

Ahmed explained that thus far, the construction crew has put walls up, started to work on the plumbing and put in the decking for the roof, but not the roof itself yet. They are currently working on the fence that will separate the property from the residential area located behind the stores.

He said that this is a step-by-step process and that when the roof is finished the crew can move onto the separation and perimeter walls. The builders are also waiting for the water line to come into the building.

“Everything is related with the other,” he continued. “Everything has to be done step-by-step.”

On Dec. 23, on the property while working, causing eight homes to be evacuated in the area. Nobody was injured, but Ahmed said that the incident set the crew back two to three days.

He said that they were working on the back of the property and the “gas line had the wrong marking.”

“The neighbor’s gas line is supposed to be on their property, not on my property. They will come back and rerun the line on the right property,” he said in regards to National Grid coming to rectify the situation.

The Meadow Commons project had been a topic of debate at because of initially proposed combined use of the property, which could have included residential apartments above the storefronts. After the community gave their input on the issue, Ahmed decided to .

Ahmed also owns Crystalbrook’s former parking lot, which is located across the street from the Meadow Commons. He said, “right now it will stay like this but eventually I have to do something with it.”

He plans to start advertising the units once the construction is 75 percent done, so prospective tenants can actually get a feel of the space. Ahmed said that he will advertise with a directory sign in the window and might also “give it to some of the brokers.” Right now, he has no tenants and has not set the leasing price.

When the construction is finished, Ahmed said the stores will be a solid addition to shopping on the East Meadow Avenue corridor. Tenants should be attracted to the shopping center because it will be a “nice looking shopping center with parking on the premise, which is a huge deal,” he said.

“I think the size of the store is very reasonable – not too small and not too big,” he added. “It also has a basement which many stores on East Meadow Avenue do not have.”

What do you think of seven new stores coming to East Meadow Avenue? Tell us in the comments.

Christopher January 04, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Great. Another nail, pizza, chinese take out, dry cleaners, mobile phone, deli and card store to look forward to.
Michael Ganci (Editor) January 04, 2012 at 08:27 PM
What would you rather see there?
Frank T January 05, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Unfortunately Chris is correct. Also add another Gold buyer and convenience store. How could the town approve 7 stores with limited parking?
Jenn January 05, 2012 at 02:12 PM
@Frank - that's simple, they got the 28 space parking deficiency approved because the few people at the end of the block didn't care enough to let everyone else on the block know that they received letters about the hearing. They never bothered to tell the very people who would have spoken up to fight it. As a matter of fact, those neighbors didn't mention a word until suddenly the possibility of apartments on top became an issue - then they involved the rest of the neighbors.
Jenn January 05, 2012 at 02:15 PM
@Chris - get this, the builder actually told the residents that it was likely that 2 of the storefront would be taken up by a pharmacy. (coincidentally, the builder is a pharmacist) So should we expect the pharmacy robberies, break-ins and shootings here too?
Ed Weiss January 05, 2012 at 07:27 PM
How about a locksmith, shoe repair, vegetarian restaurant and juice bar, health food store.
Jenn January 05, 2012 at 07:51 PM
That wouldn't be too bad, if they all could manage to stay open in this economy, although I would wonder where the locksmiths would park their trucks.....especially with a 28 space deficiency. Hmmmmm.
Bill Alderman January 05, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Boy oh boy do I wish ED was right.....A pharmacy across from a Walgreens & Walmart and CVS???? More likely it will be a pawn shop, a gunsmith, a cell store, a chop shop, a laundromat and a massage parlor. What are these landlords thinking? Just watch the business exodus of 2012
Bill Alderman January 05, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Sorry I misread this a bit. These are the stores being built on EM Ave, not the ones on Hempstead Turnpike and Newbridge Rd........ but isn't that construction site called the EM Commons?
Jenn January 05, 2012 at 08:25 PM
@Bill - what are you talking about? There is no Walgreens, Walmart or CVS here. Wrong Intersection, Wrong building site. Did you read the article? It mentions that this is the site of the old Crystalbrook.
Bill Alderman January 05, 2012 at 08:42 PM
sorry Jenn, I did get my useless strip mall projects confused.
Joanna G January 06, 2012 at 02:53 PM
It would be nice to have a farmers' market and/or a good Thai restaurant. Enough with the pizza joints, Chinese take-outs and drug stores. Vegetarian would be nice too.
Jenn January 06, 2012 at 03:19 PM
A farmers market (a nice one) in EM would be nice, but now the in and out traffic would be so bad that no one on Adelaide Court would be able to get on and off the block. Have you seen the nightmare of traffic that gets backed up at Pat's? This is a dead end, and we fight long and hard on a DAILY basis with the trucks that deliver to Edmer. They block the entire road, so when you go to leave for work in the morning, or bring your kids to school, or simply leave the block - you can't. The driver isn't in the truck, they have blocked off the street so that only a motorcycle can get through. A place that attracts heavy business in and out all day long (like Pat's) can become an unbearable living situation. We don't have another way off the block - if we did, it would almost be a non-issue.
Joanna G January 06, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I looked more closely at the map and indeed Adelaide Court would be badly served by a high traffic business in the Meadow Commons. What about the Crystalbrook’s former parking lot, which is located across the street from the Meadow Commons? If there is a deficiency in parking, shouldn't that land be used for overflow?..or am I missing something here.
Michael Ganci (Editor) January 06, 2012 at 04:20 PM
It seems like Saeed has other visions for that space eventually. He has been rather quiet as to what those are, but for now, he seems content on waiting to see how this property does first.
Jenn January 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
The problem with the former Crystalbrook lot across the street is that it wasn't included in the plans for the permits and variances with this building site. We could have forced the issue with the 28 space parking deficiency and requested that they be forced to use the lot for overflow and reduce the 28 space deficiency to 8 spaces. The problem is that the neighbors who got notified didn't tell the rest of us, so no one fought the fight - no one was at the hearing. He got his property building permits and variances with no mention of the lot across the street - so it's not part of the deal. (see my earlier post about the notices)
Merrick7 January 06, 2012 at 06:15 PM
i do not get the big story this seems like just another strip mall on long island as the commentaries suggest. no luxury stores or doctors offices just simple retail
Al Scott February 12, 2012 at 05:41 PM
It seems to me this story about parking is vaguely familiar I do belive it was the same concern when they built the Mosque up the street and I guess the town caved in as usual I think its the same old B S story called progress .

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