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Lynbrook Board Moves Holiday Inn, Eminent Domain Hearings

Residents still speak up on plan to demolish Lynbrook homes and Feather Building issue.

Two hearings scheduled for Monday night’s Lynbrook Village Board of Trustees meeting were adjourned until Aug. 13. 

One of them pertains to the  desire to tear down two homes on Merton Avenue and one home on Ocean Avenue. The company intends to use the plots to expand their parking area, according to the board.

The Holiday Inn wishes to meet with people in the area before the hearing to let them know what their plans are and try to garner resident approval. Those meetings have not happened yet, leading to the second adjournment request, according to Village Attorney Peter Ledwith. 

Despite the adjournment, Merton Avenue resident Patti Nicoletti spoke out against the proposed rezoning. The resident says she does not oppose the demolition of the Ocean Avenue property, but is “vehemently” against the destruction of the Merton Avenue homes.      

“This is not going to benefit the village in any [financial] way,” Nicoletti said. “It is absolutely going to affect the residential life of those of us living on Merton Avenue ... We feel this affects all of the residents of Lynbrook, because where does it end? Perhaps someone can buy a house, or two, or three, and propose to change the zoning. We look to you [the board] to keep the integrity of Lynbrook. We moved to this nice street, because it was tree-lined and [had] nice houses. We don’t want that to change.”    

Nicoletti provided the board with photographs of the three standing properties and the current Holiday Inn parking lot, which, according to the resident, is rarely full. 

The second adjourned hearing concerned the village’s proposed eminent domain seizing of a property on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Langdon Place, also known as The Feather Building. 

“To do this in accordance with law, we need to conduct a professional study. The Board of Trustees have been good enough to authorize that study,” Jack Libbert, a lawyer for the board, said. 

According to Libbert, an outside firm will conduct a study of the property and determine whether the building is a “blighted” property. 

Because of summer scheduling inconsistencies, the study is not finished, hence the adjournment of the hearing until August, according to Libbert. 

A “blighted property” is a legal term for land that is “dilapidated, unsafe, and of unsightly condition,” according to legalmatch.com

Before the closing of the hearing, Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce Vice President for Governmental Affairs Jeff Greenfield spoke out in support of the village’s efforts.

“The Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce has long been concerned about the blight on the business community, as well as the entire Lynbrook community, that this property poses,” Greenfield said. “We’ve been very disappointed in the owner of this property. Instead of making a deal to sell the property, we understand that he has raised the price. You don’t make a deal in this economic environment by raising the price.”

As a final piece of business, the board approved the request to move their Thursday business to Parking Field 12 on the corner of Forest Avenue and Sunrise Highway. The market previously operated on . This move will be the final move allowed by the board, according to Mayor William Hendrick. 

the big kahuna July 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM
more section 8 housung money for the beckers if this is done.
BigIdeas July 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Good move by the Village Board thinking of using eminent domain to seize The Feather Building. The building may look bad but it pays taxes. Unless the Board has a deal lined up for a replacement, seizure will remove the building from the tax roles providing yet another excuse why Lynbrook can't meet the 2% cap signed into law last year in LYNBROOK!
Mark reyes July 17, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Why doesn't the village use emminent domain to take the CAPRI !!
BigIdeas July 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Abuses of Eminent Domain 'In recent decades there has been growing concern about the manner in which some states and units of government exercise their power of eminent domain. Some governments appear inclined to exercise eminent domain for the benefit of developers or commercial interests, on the basis that anything that increases the value of a given tract of land is a sufficient public use.' Make sure you keep your lawn mowed and gutters cleaned. Lynbrook is watching!.
Virginia Healy July 18, 2012 at 01:42 PM
@bigideas - can you tell us the last time Lynbrook used eminent domain to acquire a property?
the big kahuna July 19, 2012 at 05:36 PM
because the board makes too much money from the section 8 dwellers. u figure it out!!
BigIdeas July 20, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I'm not sure VH, sounds like you know. If I had to guess i would say in the early 70's when the village took down several apartment buildings in order to build the Village Hall, or perhaps to displace the junk yard on Merrick Road near the new CVS.
allison.mz July 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I for one do not want to see this proposal approved. Although I live several blocks away from Merton I completely agree with the residents demands that the village stop this proposed demolition and addition of a parking lot. Two of the homes are in really nice shape - and should be used by families not as a parking lot. I also think that the residents will suffer a reduction in their property worth if this permit is granted. It's a nice block - people bought homes there to enjoy lynbrook's lifestyle - why make them have to look at even more commercial property than is already in the area. Their block shouldn't have to become like the part of merton that's on the other side of ocean - that is all commercial on 1 side of street. my friend lives there and was so disappointed when that happened. If commercial property can take over resident property there - it can happen elsewhere in the village. theres a hole series of letters about this issue elsewhere in the patch where others have listed theyre reasons against the proposal. yes some have spoken in favor of it but their arguments are weak compared to those written by the people directly affected.
ERsanity August 13, 2012 at 04:45 PM
They should leave the houses on Merton alone, and knock down the house on Ocean AND that eyesore of a hotel known as the RVC Inn. Then they should use the whole space for employee-only parking for the Holiday Inn.

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