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Great Neck Estates weighing razing of First Playhouse Theater

A proposal to raze the historic First Playhouse

A proposal to raze the historic First Playhouse Theater for a 20-unit apartment building is still being debated. The Great Neck Estates board will hold a meeting in June to discuss the project at Maple Drive and Middle Neck Road, which is right on the border with Great Neck Plaza.

To read more about the project, click here. Credit: Steve Pfost

A public hearing to raze a historic public theater in Great Neck Estates and replace it with an apartment building has been adjourned again, totaling more than a year of delays.

The application, which was scheduled to be heard March 14, has been pushed back another month to allow time for continued review by the Nassau County Department of Public Works. The applicant will be meeting with DPW next week to discuss safety and traffic control plans.

The applicant, First Playhouse of Great Neck Corp., is looking to replace the First Playhouse Theater with a 20-unit apartment building. The theater was built in 1925 and is located at the intersection of Maple Drive and Middle Neck Road. Access to Middle Neck Road could be cut off during construction.

The applicant’s attorney, William Bonesso, of Uniondale, said the team did not have an answer in time for the March meeting.

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