The Nassau County Planning Commission has unanimously approved the subdivision of the Roslyn Country Club to allow the Town of North Hempstead to purchase a 7.2-acre tract of the property for a special park district.
Plans for the proposed $14.2 million renovation of the club, which has been closed for eight years, include a new main pool, dedicated clubhouse, new decking, food court, basketball court and playground. Construction is expected to begin next year, with target completion in 2017.
The property is owned by the Mineola-based Corona Realty Holdings LLC, which would continue to own the remainder of the roughly 10-acre site, which includes a catering business.
North Hempstead plans to purchase the 7.2 acres for $2 million and fund the reconstruction with a $12 million bond. The county planning commission approved the subdivision in a 7-0 vote. Two commission members were absent from Thursday's meeting.
"The county planning commission's decision . . . is great news that keeps us steadily moving forward toward our goal of building a park in the Roslyn Country Club area of North Hempstead," Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in an emailed statement.
Roslyn Country Club Civic Association president Todd Zarin said the approval of the subdivision represents a major step in a plan that has been talked about for years.
"I think that it's important that the process begin in order to allow the pieces to fall into place," Zarin said. "The town and residents [Roslyn Heights homeowners] have committed an enormous amount of effort to positioning the process so concrete steps can be taken."
The next step is for the town "to receive the resolution from the county, which can take several weeks," said town spokeswoman Carole Trottere. "We will then proceed to fulfill the other conditions and duties to close on the property."
The country club, constructed in the 1950s, was closed after Manochehr Malekan, owner of Corona Realty Holdings, sued the residents in a failed attempt to extinguish easement rights in place since 1959. Under the easements, residents were granted access to a pool and tennis courts for a $100 annual fee.
Under terms of the sale, Roslyn Heights residents would pay an average of $800 to $1,000 annually for debt service on the bond. Nonresidents would pay membership fees. The park would be available to the nearly 730 Roslyn Heights households and about 500 town residents.