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Blight Study Builds Case for Declaring Lynbrook Factory 'Eminent Domain'

Village board holds public hearing on vacant Feather Factory.

A blight study presented to the Lynbrook village board Monday night gave supporting evidence for declaring the vacant Mangrove Feather Factory “eminent domain.”

A lawyer for the village introduced Charles Voorhees, a professional environmental planner, who was asked to conduct a detailed analysis of the Feather building located near the Lynbrook train station and the surrounding area, which he summed up during a public hearing at the Aug. 13 village board meeting. No decision was made by village officials, as they were seeing the draft report for the first time and thus, decided to keep the hearing open to continue the discussion next month.

Three buildings in this area are in deteriorating condition, Voorhees explained, adding, “The ones that stood out really are the eastern side of the block, where the former Feather Factory is.”

Since the factory, located at Stauderman and Broadway, was vacated around 2008, Voorhees found there have been numerous reports of public trespassing, skateboarding inside the building, graffiti, exposed gas lines, broken water heaters and pipes, blocked exits, the alarm system not up to standards, fire extinguishers not properly operated and other complaints.

“There was a good deal of public information and complaint records from the building department, fire marshal and police records,” Voorhees said.

“The area has tremendous attributes and there are many opportunities that this property and the entire block could realize based on proximity to the train station, the Nassau County bus system ... and the services of the downtown area,” Voorhees stated.

He also cited the 2009 Regional Planning Study, which identified the Feather Factory as “a prime property for revitalization and redevelopment.” He said the property could be utilized for transit-oriented development, which he explained is “primarily residential, but could have other uses,” and also said “hospitality would be a good fit.”

In his State of the Village Address in January, Mayor William Hendricks said three different businesses were interested in occupying the the Marriott Hotel, which signed a letter of interest to “begin the process” of acquiring the property.

Mr. Singer, a member of the LLC, which owns the property, spoke up during the hearing, saying “[the building] has tremendous potential.”

Singer touted his track record of constructing “the nicest buildings” in neighboring towns and winning an award for rehabbing a community in NYC. He said the LLC had a letter from the village’s building inspector indicating that the Feather Factory could be used for residential, commercial and industrial use, because it was grandfathered in.

“We had grand plans to rehab this building,” Singer stated, but accused “the town” of blocking the LLC’s attempts to develop the property and then “low-balling” them when they tried to sell it.

He said if the property is declared “eminent domain” the village will essentially be “stealing the building for nothing” from the LLC to allow a Marriot to be built there.

“I assume that’s what is going to wind up there,” Singer added. “Why not let a guy renovate his own building especially when I’ve won an award.”

Jeff Greenfield, vice president of the Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce, said he “found Mr. Singer’s comments to be fascinating … He talks about all these awards he’s won, but this building here in Lynbrook wins no awards. It's an embarrassment to the community.”

According to village officials, the LLC purchased the building for about $2.2 million prior to when the market took a nose-dive.

“The market has dropped, “Trustee Hilary Becker stated. “This board has done everything it possible can to work with the owner … and will continue to do so, but maybe the owner isn’t interested in investing in a declining asset.”

Brian August 18, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Good for you Mr. Voorhees. I don't need to know you to know theres a high probability you're more trustworthy than our village officials, and thus encourage you you to keep up the good fight. Whatever happens, don't go away silently. Get your message out - beyond Lynbrook if necessary.
Carol August 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Can someone please explain Eminant Domain......in layman's terms?
Tara Conry (Editor) August 18, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Carol, Expertlaw.com defines it as: "the power possessed by the state over all property within the state, specifically its power to appropriate property for a public use. In some jurisdictions, the state delegates eminent domain power to certain public and private companies ... the owner of any appropriated land is entitled to reasonable compensation, usually defined as the fair market value of the property. Proceedings to take land under eminent domain are typically referred to as "condemnation" proceedings." Read more here: http://www.expertlaw.com/library/real_estate/eminent_domain.html
Niki Raapana August 18, 2012 at 06:38 PM
This story of a property owner being unable to get the permits to rebuild his old factory is the EXACT same process used against Hugh Sisley in Seattle in 1999. Public nusiance abatements are just one of the new terms used to aquire valuable property for developers/cronies in business with the local governemnts. Under the Supreme Court's dcecision in Kelo v the City of New London (see also Berman) the court refused to take a stand on the 5th Amendment and instead deferred the decision to violate contitutional property rights in favor of communitarian "best use" policy back to to the lowest level of locally elected bureaucrats, many who are not only heavily invested in dvelopment, urban "reneal" and local real estate, but who are all directly involved in the new and improved comprehnsive land use plans that promote Agenda 21 goals like transit oriented development. The real kicker for us was the fact that "best use" of property includes the best use of the people living there, who are also the property oi the new state. Communitarian Law is in direct opposition of the U.S. system, it violates the very founding legal principles that established our nation, and these "actions" to take private property from an owner who is NOT absent, is treason cleverly cloaked in communitarian double-speak. Niki Raapana "2020: Our common Destiny & The Anti Communitarian Manifesto" http://nord.twu.net/acl/books.html
STEVE August 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM
THERE IS NOT ENOUGH PARKING AND TOO MUCH TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THAT AREA TO SUPPORT A HOTEL.IF THE VILLAGE AQUIRES THIS BLDG.IT SHOULD BE DEMOLISHED AND A SMALL PARK PUT IN ITS PLACE.OPENING THE AREA UP FOR COMMUTERS AND POLICE SURVEILANCE. STEVE BARBATO.
Donna August 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I agree with Steve. To get to the South side of Lynbrook from the north side takes forever already especially in that area. Other towns and villages seem to flow much more smoothly driving through them. Getting into Lynbrook is a traffic halt.
BigIdeas August 20, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I went for a walk on Saturday and was sad to see that several more business in Lynbrook have closed. Paul Anthonys is closed. Auto Barn has sign in the window that they lost their lease. The appliance parts store near Auto Barn is done (it was a good place to get Weber parts). The Gyro place on Atlantic by the HS is gone. Looks like Lynbrook is turning into a ghost town. I guess it's either the tax overhead or the lack of customers willing to shop in Lynbrook. This doesn't seem to be the problem in Roclville Centre. I saw very few available storefronts there.
Anna August 21, 2012 at 06:52 AM
Thank you, Niki, for bringing this up. URGENT: Everyone needs to pay attention to what Niki said here. This is WAY bigger than some simple redevelopment project. This kind of transit-oriented development and eminent domain theft is happening all over Nassau County and the rest of the country and is the beginning of a horrific -- and UNCONSTITUTIONAL (actually, treasonous) "communitarian" plan for America, and If we don't stop it now, our property rights will go up in smoke. It is part of United Nations' Agenda 21, which was proposed by oil-for-food crook Maurice Strong at the big Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 and signed onto by Bush 1st as soft law (bypassing treaty ratification in Congress, ergo the American people). It was then implemented by Bill Clinton in 1993 when he formed the President's Council on Sustainable Development to begin implementation in federal agencies. This means that all these mixed-use (stack-and-pack) facilities being proposed and built next to train stations all over Nassau County as part of so-called "Smart Growth," are part of an international agenda (implemented locally to avoid suspicion) to change how America and the world look in keeping with this unscientific, unproven theory of climate change.
Anna August 21, 2012 at 07:14 AM
(Continuation of my reply to Niki Raapana) In America, the goal is to herd 50% of the population into these developments, returning rural areas to their original state. People will no longer live in standalone homes or drive cars since they will live in walkable communities with bicycles and trains for transport. Where you can travel will be determined for you. Want to go to California to visit? You'll have to get permission. This is a devastation of our liberties as declared in the Constitution and Bill of RIghts. It will not be America anymore, but something totally unrecognizable. Dare I say Communist? Please learn about this nightmare agenda in this RIVETING presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GykzQWlXJs And here: http://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com/ Now let's work to get Agenda 21 (aka ICLEI) kicked out of Nassau County and our communities (as many other communities have already done). We can do our own developments locally without this unwanted and anti-Constitutional international intervention and federal aid.
Anna August 21, 2012 at 08:28 AM
UN Agenda 21 is a global plan for the 21st century, being implemented locally throughout the world. It is a blueprint for one-world government. This sounds unbelievable, but when you do the research you will learn that this is not conspiracy, but conspiracy FACT. It is in EVERYTHING as it has to control every aspect of human activity. It is an inventory and control, totalitarian plan of which the Affordable HealthCare Act, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and even the drone program, to name a few, are a part. Lots of groups around the U.S. are actively mobilizing against Agenda 21 and against the politicians who support it. It MUST be defeated. For more information, read Rosa Koire's easy-to-read book: Behind the Green Mask: UN Agenda 21. http://www.amazon.com/BEHIND-GREEN-MASK-U-N-Agenda/dp/0615494544/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345536638&sr=1-1&keywords=behind+the+green+mask
Anna August 22, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Correction: "aka ICLEI" should be "via ICLEI" as ICLEI is not another name for Agenda 21 as "aka ICLEI" implies. ICLEI stands for the International Council for Local and Environmental Initiatives and is a lobbying and policy NGO brought in by the U.N. to work directly with local governments to implement Agenda 21. For a fee (paid for with your tax dollars), it advises and trains local governments on how to meet Agenda 21 requirements. And, as the book "Behind the Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21" states: "Recently, ICLEI changed its name so you wouldn't notice that it's an international organization. It's now called ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability." Take a look at their website - icleiusa.org - to see the list of American communities that have signed on with them and to learn what they're about. Their main (international) website is iclei.org. Bottom line: The environmental movement has been co-opted by the globalists, via the U.N., and is now being used against the peoples of the world to bring in these corporatists' long-held wet dream of a one-world government.
Jim Tisdell October 05, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Wow, And I just thought it was the idiocy of one ASS Brian Curran... !!!

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