Nassau County’s Attempt to Acquire the Levittown Grandstand Motor Parkway Section From 2009 to 2011

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, property owners will be petitioning the Hempstead Town Board to rezone a Levittown section of the former Long Island Motor Parkway.

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012,  property owners will be petitioning the Hempstead Town Board to rezone a Levittown section of the former Long Island Motor Parkway and location of the Vanderbilt Cup Race grandstand and press box to build a 50-unit condominium complex.

As reported on VanderbiltCupRaces.com, over the last three years, Nassau County attempted to acquire the property for part of the Motor Parkway Trail.

In 2009 and 2010, I was part of a working group to assist in the development of  the Motor Parkway Trail, a continuous mult-use trailway through Nassau County utilizing, when possible, the route of the Long Island Motor Parkway. During the Trailway meetings, it was recommended that the Levittown grandstand section of the Motor Parkway would be an ideal location for a pilot greenway. Nassau County made inquiries to purchase the property from Josato, Inc.. Unfortunately, the attempts to purchase the land were unsuccessful.

Last month,  Brian Schneider of the Nassau County Department of Public Works, who participated in the discussions with the property owners Josato, Inc., commented:

"Nassau County Department of Real Estate Planning and Development reached out to Josato, Inc. and their attorney William Cohn several times over the last three years to initiate negotiations for the purchase of the property and were rebuffed each time”.

Mr. Schneider also provided an update on the Motor Parkway Trail project:

"The project at this point is focusing on the construction of a 1 mile stretch of trail to be built on the south side of Salisbury Park Drive between Carman Avenue and Stewart Avenue. This is considered a “demonstration project” to show how an along the roadway trail can be built as an example throughout the project in certain places.  The 40% design plans have just been transmitted to my office for review.  We anticipate that this section will be built in early 2013."

The public meeting concerning the Levittown grandstand property will be held at the Hempstead Town Hall, 1 Washington Street on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 beginning at 10:30 AM.

I encouraged all involved people to attend the meeting and express their opinions.


Howard Kroplick

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Cecelia Sommers September 17, 2012 at 08:09 PM
The hempstead town board should have stopped this in its tracks and should not even consider any section in levittown to a re zone but like i said before this may already be bought and paid for. happy birthday to our mal practice politicians
LLama September 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Mr. Kroplick, Didn't Nassau County initially sell the property to Josato years ago, for a minimum amount of money? If this is true, why did they sell it in the first place?
Howard Kroplick September 18, 2012 at 03:33 AM
LLama, I believe Josato acquired the property in the 1980s at a Nassau County auction for less than $100,000. I do not know the reason that they put the property up for sale.
Concerned American September 19, 2012 at 05:09 PM
This was probably one of the one-shot additions to revenues that Nassau used for many years to balance their budget while not raising taxes. Now someone owns it and wants to develop on it to recoup their investment, but run into another group in opposition. The taxpayers can't see the forest for the trees-the reason this property is available for development is their elected officials artificially kept their taxes lower with these real estate deals. Now a different (?) set of politicians are needed to undo what the first set of politicians caused. Can't say it is one party alone - I believe Suozzi wanted to develop this property as part of the "New Nassau". If you want a bike path their, they will have to pay the developer what the property is worth, so the taxpayers made $100k, and will have to buy it back at a much higher price. With your tax money (that they saved you). Get it???
LLama September 20, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Concerned American, I get what you are saying, but it doesn't make much sense. I can understand selling the property for tax money, but to then buy it back for more? How does Nassau County benefit by that unless there is some underhanded deals going on? Why was the initial selling price so low? If the plan was to get tax dollars, they sold it too cheaply in the first place. Josato just conviniently stepped in it.


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