The Mineola Chamber of Commerce is to hold a special breakfast Friday to discuss a controversial nine-floor, 296-unit apartment complex proposed for 1.5 acres on Second Street near the Long Island Rail Road station.
Plans for the Mineola Village Green development are to be presented by developer Kevin Lalezarian, a principal in the New Hyde-Park based Lalezarian Properties LLC. The village board public hearings on the proposed development are continuing.
The public is invited to attend the 7:45 a.m. breakfast at a cost of $20 per person and will be allowed to ask questions. The event will be held at the Piccola Bussola Restaurant, 159 Jericho Tpke. in Mineola. Anyone who wants to attend is asked to call 516-294-4620 by Thursday.
"It was said that the project would be good for downtown business and a resident asked, 'If it's so good for business, then where's the business community?' " chamber secretary William Havron said Tuesday. While a chamber member attends the public hearing, group members wanted to learn about the plan directly from the developer, Havron said.
"There are a lot of varied opinions about the project, and concerns about an abundance of children [from the complex] attending the schools and that there'll be a lot of traffic," Havron said in an interview. "But it's also going to bring an influx of money and taxes into the village."
While the chamber does not take political positions, the breakfast provides "an opportunity to learn what's going on in the village because some of our members don't live here, they just work here," Havron said.