Patch Question: What Should Replace the Feather Factory?

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The former Mangrove Feather Building, which is also referred to as the "feather factory," has for many years.

Mayor William Hendrick has said a number of times in the past that a local developer is interested in building a hotel on the property, which is located just north of the train tracks.

What do you think should replace the feather factory? A hotel or something else? Tell us in the comments.

EarlyRiser January 06, 2012 at 12:12 PM
A hotel, a shoe store, a small mall
STEVE January 06, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Carol January 06, 2012 at 01:56 PM
A supermarket or an Old Navy type store.
Theresa January 06, 2012 at 02:11 PM
A hotel guest would want a quiet room. Located next to the LIRR tracks, with two lines running through Lynbrook, would not be conducive to a quiet, restful stay. Would love to see a really nice grocery store, like Fairway. But as always, parking is an issue. There is no public parking in that area except on the street. I think it is 25 cents for 20 minutes which means if you are going to be an hour, you have to spend a dollar just to get out of your car. No one will want to lug groceries or packages all the way over to the free lot. A music venue like the old IMAC center in Huntington would be nice too. That would attract people to the local eateries as well.
Concerned Resident January 06, 2012 at 02:23 PM
A Traders Joe or Fairway should have gone where Tofu is and a medical center with parking on the first floor where the Feather Building is. If you could get an IMAC like center where the feather building is, maybe a trolley or trollies to the parking lots on Penninsula Blvd with stops by local eateries and shopping.
Amy Chrein January 06, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Yes exactly, a cultural arts center or something like it. I have long thought about artist's cooperative spaces on the upper floor and a coffee shop (something food), with performance space, event-rental hall, etc. on the ground floor. Anyone ever been to the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia? That's what I'm talking about! Parking can't be ignored and should be incorporated into the redesign of the building (like roof top, or multi-tiered parking at the public lot across the street (would help with attracting a movie theater and any other business that wants to find a home in Lynbrook).
icarumba January 06, 2012 at 02:58 PM
the feather factory is the absolute wrong place for a hotel. anyone who says that the building is fixable is naive- it is structurally beyond repair. it needs to be razed and a new building built. i think the small mall would work best- perhaps combined with some professional offices. a place to relax while waiting for the train, have a nice cup of coffee,read a newspaper other than newsday lol-maybe a store like the gap or old navy,some doctors or dentists office. fairway or trader joes would be better off taking the 6th ave electronics site which has been empty for months. but TJ has locations in oceanside and hewlett; i doubt they would want to come to lynbrook. years ago i suggested taking the villages 25 or 35 seat bus and using as a shuttle to/from the penninsula blvd lots. the idea was rejected. again the biggest hurdle to overcome is parking. not enough under the trestle,or across the street- so either a shuttle or build a new building with underground parking.
Carol January 06, 2012 at 03:21 PM
6th Avenue Electronics is gone??? There is NO REASON not to get a supermarket in there now. Maybe if they razed the Capri, we'd get more parking too!
Concerned Resident January 06, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Wow didn't know 6th Ave was gone too. How did we get rid of the Capri???? Perfect spot for a supermarket!! It would be fantastic to have one in Lynbrook again!!
sondra January 06, 2012 at 04:10 PM
a supermarket, trader joes fairway would be great in any of these spots, we have so many hotels already, the one on ocean, merrick and one on sunrise in rvc, how many of those small hotels do we need, Town of Lynbrook should be marketing themselves to franchise type business's, a chilis, applebees, old navy, the gap anything but all the empty spaces we have going on now!
Helen Danil;czyk January 06, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Yes the medical center built where the Feather Building is would have been a better location choice than at the Tofu site. How about affordable housing for our young adults that grew up here. They seem to be moving away because there aren't apartments for them to rent, nor can they afford to buy homes here. So their choices are to live with their parents or move away.
joe January 06, 2012 at 06:22 PM
they will never rent the feather building out due to the parking fund. if you wave the parking fund for a new owner you set the town up for a large law suit from the current owner. the reason why he never rented out the building is because he would have to pay $10,000 per parking spot needed for the space to be rented out and he was never going to do that. think about it. why would he pay for 25 to 50 spots at $10,000 per spot - he would never make up that money no matter how much rent he charged. so why not lift the fund for the current owner and see what he can do with the property. the same goes for the movie theater - it will never get done. I still remember the last mayor saying he was in talks with the owner of the theater to get it re-done. Even now with everything falling down inside we still let it stay open. Has the building inspector been in to review it? I think not or it would be closed down. as for a hotel in our town it will just be another capri - with section 8 families in it.
icarumba January 06, 2012 at 10:57 PM
6th avenue electronics closed all their ny stores last fall. i have been told that both king kullen and stop&shop were both shown the space as they rejected it as too small and inadequate parking. the movie theatre dates back to 1923 and is also structurally deficient. i have never seen any regal cinema that is in such bad shape. if regal wants a new theatre let them pay for it. the hotel developer-lee browning-has a good track record. he built the courtyard by marriott in ronkonkoma; his son took over what is new the best western in rvc. in the end he wont build in lynbrook. rumor has it that the waldbaums on ocean avenue will close by the end of the year. he'll take that property,which has a bally's health club, and combine it with a hotel. empty spaces arent unique to lynbrook. its a national situation.
icarumba January 07, 2012 at 12:13 AM
As far as the capri goes: look at how long it took to demolish similar properties in oceanside and west hempstead. maybe theres more going on there than we know.
Echo Deep January 07, 2012 at 01:51 AM
If any hotel chain is interested in the property, why not turn their direction to the capri, let a national chain buy out this dismal den, and bring class to this area that desperately needs it. As far as the factory, too bad another factory with minimal workers couldn't take it over. How much of our household items are made in China? Sensibly, a fast food chain should buy the property, knock down the factory, and build. Our desire would be Arby's.... look how much business the new one in Bellmore is doing! A huge drive through, like McDonalds, but healthy sandwich alternatives for Lynbrook.
icarumba January 07, 2012 at 02:53 AM
when all is said and done, its possible that a limited-service hotel, like a fairfield inn, courtyard by marriott might work. again the achilles heel is parking. its time to dump that fund-permanently. among the last things that lynbrook needs is another fast-food joint. has anyone noticed that after 9-10 pm its virtually impossible to get a non-fast food meal in the village?
Jim Tisdell January 07, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Whatever goes there, be it an entertainment complex, a cultural center, a supermarket, a hotel, whatever, it should be done by the private sector.
Nancy January 08, 2012 at 07:24 AM
Yes, a very fine idea, Amy. Maybe even incorporate a small permanent space for the Historical Society? But keep dreaming - the world ( an Lynbrook too) needs dreamers like you. Happy new year. Nancy W
Nancy January 08, 2012 at 07:29 AM
And so WHY do people continue to patronize that nasty, falling down theatre? Beats me - i wouldn't step foot in there. That's the way to get them to make a move one way or another - tear it down or fix it up - just boycott them.
Nancy January 08, 2012 at 07:34 AM
So WHY do people continue to patronize that nasty, falling down theatre? Beats me. I wouldn't step foot in there, you could get a disease. The ONLY way that site will change is for people to boycott the place; then they will have to decide to either tear it down or fix it up.
Anne January 08, 2012 at 07:36 PM
The movie theatre just put on anew roof, doesn't look like they are going anywhere. I have stopped going there and travel to Franklin square a15 minute ride clean and plenty of free parking. As long as people patronize this dump why should they put any work into it-I do wonder how it passes inspection???
Concerned Resident January 09, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Waldbaums gone by the end of the year? Great it has gone downhill. Empty shelves all the time and the salads in the deli are not fresh. Customer service stinks too!! Anyone who shops there should check their receipts, heard a story about a cashier who has been ripping off customers!! We need a supermarket in Lynbrook!!! And nobody should be going to the movie theatre. It is discusting. Surprised they haven't had a bed bug problem. I thought the parking fund was not being enforced. We do not need a hotel!! And bring in some bigger stores that people would shop in.
icarumba January 09, 2012 at 03:32 AM
the best of the local supermarkets is the new stop and shop in Oceanside that was built on the camp de baum site. waldbaums in Oceanside is way better than the dump in rvc. you wont see a supermarket in lynbrook anytime soon. the available properties aren't large enough and don't have adequate parking for the king kullens and stop&shop, but according to people i know in the food business, Target's "city market" or walmart's "neighborhood market" might work.id raze both the 6th avenue electronics store and the capri motel- then youd have plenty of room to work with. lee browning feels that he can make $$ even in this economy;but again i think he'll take over the rvc waldbaums site. for regal to put a new roof on the movie theater is laughable.its like putting a band-aid on a cancer. they have put a temporary moratorium on the parking fund which is set to expire this spring.
Lisa G January 24, 2012 at 08:37 PM
A supermarket at that location would be a logistical nightmare. The traffic situation is bad enough. Just imagine what the impact of a supermarket would be, though the thought of having a healthy supermarket alternative in town, is very appealing. A multi-purpose cultural arts & performing arts center would be an incredible, qualitative asset to the community. The revamped Paramount Theater in Huntington is a jewel, attracting patrons who spend money in the village's restaurants and shops. With the right promoters and parking arrangement, the entire downtown area would thrive during hours of the day that would have the least impact on traffic - not to mention giving Regal a kick in the rearend to get its act together.
BigIdeas January 25, 2012 at 07:50 PM
How about replacing the Feather Factory with a Baseball Stadium! Bring in a minor league team like the Mets. If you build it, they will come!
Jeremy February 27, 2012 at 09:19 PM
You should honestly make a 3 floor paintball field. So many people go paintballing in Suffolk where they have them, and many people would come here if you made it. It would make a lot of money
Theresa February 27, 2012 at 09:28 PM
How about a swimming pool? It would be great to be able to use it in the winter.
katie March 21, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Barnes and noble book store
Concerned Resident March 21, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Not a good spot for anything!!! The traffic is horrendous in that area now and there is not any parking. I think the radiology building with parking underneath should have gone there or make it a small park with small shops that sell coffee, newspapers, magazines, and food to take with you for all the commuters.
Philip Tenenzaph August 08, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I agree with the Concerned Resident. This would not be a good spot for anything that would need a constant flow of patrons. Due to its past use as a factory, however, it is perfect for a small start up manufacturing facility. In my opinion, a craft brewery would fit perfectly. There is no noise constraint so the proximity to passing trains would not be a problem. Also, "The Feather Factory" is a fantastic name to start making the soon to be world famous "Lynbrew."


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