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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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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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