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Board Has Mixed Feelings on Proposed Radiology Building Design

The building would replace the rubble formerly known as Tofu restaurant on Sunrise Highway.

 

Although the Lynbrook Board of Trustees said they are happy the vacant Tofu building has been cleared out and are excited for a Radiology center to potentially take its place, they are not quite set on the proposed design.

The village has been in talks since November with Zwanger-Pesiri, a Radiology practice which has nine locations on Long Island. The center provides physicians and patients with modern medical diagnostics in a “caring and compassionate environment,” according to their website.

Zwanger architect's Cathy Masci and Jack Rosebery visited the board at Tuesday night’s meeting with their designs.

“Our brand is high-tech, forward moving,” Masci said.

The building would be just the second that Zwanger has built from the ground up, with the first one being the current Merrick location, according to Masci.

The board expressed excitement and were impressed with the modern designs presented, but expressed some concerns.

“I think ultimately we would like to see a building that blends better with the surrounding buildings,” Mayor William Hendrick said.

Several board members added that they would like to see different angles of the building in photos, showing the high school in the background, and with other buildings on the block. They said they want the building to have a more "traditional" feel to it.

Zwanger-Pesiri has been invited back to present designs for the building at the March 5 board meeting.

Take a look at the designs in the photos above and let us know what you think in the comments. 

Merrick7 February 22, 2012 at 02:54 PM
The Merrick building does not fit in with the rest of the area either, but it meshes well and is a sleek modern look that makes the area better. It is a strip of Sunrise Highway that is getting more and more business and less vacancies. I strongly recommend being more hospitable to a good commercial neighbor.
Mary Beth February 22, 2012 at 07:38 PM
What ever the design it has to look better than the abandoned Tofu building or the giant hole in the ground that is there now. Lynbrook continues to bite the hand that feeds them! They want it to blend with the surrounding buildings? The empty surrounding buildings???
Tom Garrett February 22, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Mary Beth, You stole my thunder, hehehe….. Any design that does not include a “For Rent, Lease or Sale” sign need be the only requirement! This ain’t rocket science here………
Carol February 23, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Talking about biting the hand that feeds you, when is Lynbrook going to get past all the red tape and let Swingbelly's open on Broadway (just south of Sunrise)? They have the best food going!!!
Anne February 23, 2012 at 08:11 PM
What is the more "traditional feel" the old feather factory, or maybe the old Picker's and Murlee buildings, the lynbrook deli I can go on...... that have been vacant for many years now.
BigIdeas February 24, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I Love it. Keep spinning the builder around until he goes somewhere else. We don't need this business in Lynbrook. It will only bring in people spending money at other establishments. We don't want that!!!
Echo Deep February 26, 2012 at 09:52 PM
A freestanding modern facility built to code, to be taxed by the village, and the problem is???
Concerned Resident February 27, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I think the building has to fit in with the style of the village. When the village hall was built, many were upset with the design. Money has been invested to give the village a quaint look, I think the developer can come up with a better design to fit in.
Theresa February 27, 2012 at 09:48 PM
When designers are tasked to create a building, do they not look around and see what style would best suit the building site? This building looks huge and out of scale with the size of the property and surrounding buildings. And is that little sidestreet able to handle the increased traffic flow as that appears to be the entryway to the parking lot? Surely these problems are not unsurmountable.
BigIdeas December 28, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I think this story is coming back to life but you probably won't read about on the Patch. The Lynbrook board told the builder they didn't like the design and we the residents got to look at a beautiful hole in the ground for almost a year. After all the hole and pile of dirt fit in much better with the surrounding buildings than a nice new office building with new jobs. I hear the Lynbrook Board has decided to allow the builder to go ahead? And they also threw in a tax break so that the building will assessed at a rate lower than the average household? If that's a true story, this board has got to go.

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