was adjourned until Feb. 6 at 2 p.m.On Wednesday, North Shore Farms’ meeting with the Hempstead Town Board of Zoning Appeals
The building housed Rite Aid until 2002, but Rite Aid maintained the lease until 2011. While many clients have explored the property, including Western Beef, this is the first time a tenant has gotten this far in the process.
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William F. Bonesso, a partner at Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP, told Patch that there will be another chance for the community to meet with North Shore Farms reps to discuss the property, which sits at the intersection of Jerusalem Avenue and Pea Pond Road.
At the recent forum that was hosted by the North Bellmore Civic Association, residents voiced concerns about increased traffic and safety hazards that may result from it.
“I think there’s a lot of concerns about the traffic congestion already in the area,” Rory Kaplan, who lives near the currently vacant building, said. “We already have Rite Aid and Dunkin Donuts. Trying to make a right turn onto Jerusalem off one of those side streets is a nightmare.”
“Based on the criteria that exists, we feel that we can certainly meet the criteria in terms of parking and traffic and in terms of trip generation,” Bonesso said, adding that a convenience store or medical office in the spot would create far greater traffic.
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