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Costco's BZA Postponed Again, Town Welcomes Westbury Plaza

A weekly look-in at news in the Town of Hempstead.

The Town of Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals has once again granted a request to push off Costco’s case to build a gas station at its Lawrence store.

The request came from Costco’s attorney, Daniel Baker, who had asked for another hearing on Nov. 28 in order to prepare against any opposition. The board, however, rejected that request on Wednesday, and completely took the case off the calendar, pending the town board’s decision on Costco’s application.

Click here to read more about the decision.

Town Welcomes Gallery at Westbury Plaza

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Equity One, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Olson and other representatives of Equity One held the eagerly awaited ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday at The Gallery at Westbury Plaza.

The project, a 330,000-square-foot commercial destination for shopping, dining, banking and more, will create more than 600 permanent jobs in management, retail, business, financial operations, restaurant services and other career areas, according to the town.

“When we purchased this site less than three years ago, we envisioned building something special that would be a destination for people across Long Island and today we can all see the realization of that vision," Olson said. "The Town of Hempstead has been a tremendous partner in this process and we thank them for helping us get to this point."

Shopping destinations at the Gallery at Westbury Plaza include Nordstrom Rack, Bloomingdale’s (The Outlet Store), Saks Off 5th, The Container Store, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, S.A. Elite by Sports Authority, Old Navy, Ulta Beauty, Red Mango Yogurt and Smoothies, Shake Shack and Verizon Wireless.

Total economic activity resulting from construction of the site is estimated at around $160 million, with an average of 500 workers employed annually during the construction phase, according to a release from the town.

Murray and the Hempstead Town Board reviewed and approved Equity One’s site plan to ensure that it complied with all town codes and building requirements, as well as studying its impact on the surrounding environment.

Melissa Pinto September 24, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I rather see condos than pay hourly motels around such as Capri,Long Beach Motor Inn,Pilgrim ECT. I would like to go to the the gallery at westbury one day. It is disappointing to see the source go a little but Im glad Old Navyis moving to the new gallery I do all my shoping in there and Gap, and Kohls sometimes to. I went to PF changs when the source first opened, with my Aunt, Cousin, and family friends. Roaches came out and were crawling up our seats, the table. We left that place food and all, and never returned again.I don't think I want to live too close to restaurants though for reasons like that, roaches and other creatures ECT.
paul September 24, 2012 at 01:25 PM
"Murray and the Hempstead Town Board reviewed and approved Equity One’s site plan to ensure that it complied with all town codes and building requirements, as well as studying its impact on the surrounding environment." What a crock of Murray and the TOH.... Wow, the TOH and the Murray team approved this project FASTER THAN LIGHTNING.. Hmmm, I wonder who is connected to Equity One... We may just do some research....
paul September 24, 2012 at 01:40 PM
If you dont think this was fast, think again: (Uniondale, NY … April 4, 2011) Forchelli Curto Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP client Equity One, Inc. hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off a $100 Million Development project at car rental giant Avis’ former corporate headquarters. At an event attended by Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Partner William F. Bonesso and Jeffrey Olson, Chief Executive Officer of Equity One, Inc., Supervisor Murray announced the upcoming construction of an impressive 330,000 square foot retail, banking and restaurant development that will boast a $100 million investment into the local economy. “As we knock down this office building, we are building up our local economy,” stated Murray. “While significant development projects have stalled across the nation during this economic crisis, Hempstead Town is proud to have worked together with a highly respected developer to bring about a progressive project at this Old Country Road site.” Impressive in scale and aesthetically attractive, the new development will restore luster to a major Long Island commercial thoroughfare. The projected composition of the building will include over 315,000 square feet of retail space, almost 11,000 square feet of restaurant area and over 3,200 square feet designated for a financial institution.
paul September 24, 2012 at 01:41 PM
OK Kate and TOH... Where is Sonic in East Meadow......??????
bill September 27, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I am totally amazed that the Town of Hempstead approved this project and are welcoming its addition. Wasn’t it the same town that stated that the redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum would cause to much additional traffic congestion in the area. Have you ever driven on Old Country road during the weekends’ and holidays. It’s a mess- talk about traffic congestion. It’s just a double standard and shame on the Town of Hempstead for playing favorites. It’s almost in every ruling that a new project will create more traffic. How’d you let this one go by. Close to one of the busiest malls in the country and you just built another mall next to a mall (Source) that is in bankruptcy.

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