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Sound Off: North Shore Farms

On Wednesday, North Shore Farms’ meeting with the Hempstead Town Board of Zoning Appeals was adjourned until Feb. 6 at 2 p.m.

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.

If you are against North Shore Farms, what kind of business would you prefer occupy the building? If you’re for it, why? Tell us in the comments section below.

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SP January 22, 2013 at 08:36 AM
I look forward to having a place to shop that is not a huge supermarket. It was not all that long ago that Bellmore had a butcher, a fruit and vegetable store and even a fish market. The each knew what you liked, how to cook your product of choice, and called you by name when you entered the store. Maybe a specialty store would do the same thing. It would be nice have a place to buy better cuts of meats and finer produce. There will be no more waste, or threat of vermin, than any one of the restaurants already on the avenue.
FedUpRealist January 22, 2013 at 08:47 AM
RED FLAG folks...Mr. Boneheado - attorney for North Shore, ASSURED us that THEY did a study and found there will be less traffic with North Shore Farms than a medical or office building...If you believe that, I have some hope and change to sell you...
Michael Ganci (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 09:39 AM
From Marion Sierra on FB: NO! We need jobs. Not everyone has a car. We need something close by so we can walk and save on gas.
Michael Ganci (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 09:39 AM
From Nicole Brianna on FB: North shore farms is great! I think it would be a nice addition.
Michael Ganci (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 09:40 AM
From Lisa Vetter on FB: This would be Fabulous!!!! Give me a break w/ the traffic...there is traffic everywhere!!!!!!!!
Michael Ganci (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 09:40 AM
From Mandy Rofe on FB: We need North Shore Farms! I've heard wonderful things about their store. Enough about the traffic! That strip of Jer. Ave is nothing but an eyesore. The strip mall across the street looks decrepit. Time to bring some quality to the neighborhood. Hopefully if NS Farms opens some other higher end shops will come to NB and clean Jeruselem Ave up!!
Michael Ganci (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 09:44 AM
From Susan Salem on FB: Well said, Mandy. I had never heard of NSF until this debate started.....researching them, I think they will be good neighbors, have a great product line, will add a little upscale pride to that long vacant lot and will save me some gas driving to Iavarone Bros.
Will January 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM
I am shocked, there are actually some voices of reason, except of course the one person that refers to themself as a "realist". NB needs sprucing up and this can be a cornerstone of such an effort. Get this passed, and then put some pressure on the other business/landlords to spruce up as well. I am also excited to see what replaces that old, decaying house on JA near Stop and Shop. Revitalization is needed, if some extra traffic headaches is the cost, then so be it. Negative change can happen fast and if an area doesn't keep up, it will look like....well you know what areas I am talking about.
Nancy Moniodes January 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Good luck;) I think it is wonderful idea:):):):)
FedUpRealist January 22, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Hey Will, opposing points of view can't be voices of reason?...I merely point out that the attorney for N.S. flat out lied...Let me ask you something, oh righteous one - do you really think North Shore Farms conducted a study that found an office building 'will generate far more traffic' than a North Shore Farms would?... That's the garbage that Mr. Boneheadeo put forth...More likely their study concluded that traffic will be great enough to please their bottom line...In an establishment that relies on in and out customers, site location research looks for volume, volume, volume...FACT!!!...Hey, I too, like the food from North Shore Farms but I just hate liars like Boneheadeo. More importantly, I feel for my fellow Bellmorians who live right there. I also feel for the nice people who own the fruit stand on Jerusalem which will GO OUT OF BUSINESS if North Shore farms comes in. One building gets a tenant and another loses a tenant - there goes the 'eyesore' argument, huh? Make sure to ask the farmstands' owner how his kids are doing when he's forced to shut down.
Mandy R. January 23, 2013 at 08:00 PM
With all due respect...I pay a TON of taxes to live in a very modest area. I am tired of paying taxes like I live on the North Shore and driving down a street like Jeruselem Ave, it's disgusting. I want NS Farms and I am sorry for the people that are right by the building...but they own a home by a major street, it's not the country...they knew they would have trafgic. As far as the fruit stand, they are overpriced but they actually might get some overflow from the new market. Our area needs a business like this!
Soccer mom 2020 November 14, 2013 at 04:03 PM
I agree Will and Mandy, That part of town can be kind of an eye sore. It is a shame that we do pay such high taxes but parts of town look so old and un kept. It would be nice to have a store like NS Farms in the area. If you live on LI then you are used to local traffic. As for the farm stand that is on Jerusalem, they are way pricey. Don't want them to go out of business but if they have loyal customers that pay their prices, I am sure they will still shop there. I have a medical condition that has me at many medical buildings. From my standpoint they could be busier.
Thomas J January 20, 2014 at 04:10 PM
As a long time resident of Bellmore/Wantagh it would be great to see a new business in that building, a specialty supermarket sounds good. As far as traffic goes the majority is over flow from the Parkway as commuters try to make their way around the congestion between exits 23 to 28 so that is unlikely to change. As far as having a supermarket in the building it will not be the first, as A&P occupied the building long before Rite Aid and Hills was the original tenant of the current Rite Aid location.

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