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Great Neck Village wants to sell properties to help pay for new village hall

The Village Hall of Great Neck in the

The Village Hall of Great Neck in the Town of North Hempstead, shown on May 29, 2013, is located at 61 Baker Hill Rd. Credit: Newsday / JC Cherubini

The Village of Great Neck plans to solicit offers for the sale of two properties in the hopes of attracting residential developments and funding the construction of a new, environmentally friendly village hall.

The current one at 61 Baker Hill Rd. is "really old and not that functional as a modern village hall," Mayor Ralph Kreitzman said.

Kreitzman said he will seek approval from the village board Tuesday night to solicit offers for the sales of a parking lot on Steamboat Road and the village's Department of Public Works yard on Middle Neck Road.

The plan is to build a new public works yard on the 2-acre site of the village's former sewer plant at 265 East Shore Rd. That plant was decommissioned and demolished in recent years, and the village no longer provides sewer services. The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District supplies the village's ratepayers and officially opened a remodeled plant on an adjacent parcel earlier this summer.

The sale of the current 1.75-acre public works yard is expected to fund part, if not all, of the construction of the new village hall, Kreitzman said. The village wants to buy an adjacent 1-acre parcel on East Shore Road where the yard and the village hall could be, the mayor said.

Kreitzman said he has received an appraisal of "a substantial sum of money" for the public works yard but declined to identify that figure to prospective buyers.

The second village-owned property is a three-quarter-acre parking lot on Steamboat Road. The village is holding hearings to rezone that corridor and a stretch of Middle Neck Road, part of a plan to condense its downtown business district and attract residential developments. The likely result, given proposed incentives and zoning regulations, is a town house development on Steamboat Road and an apartment, town house or some combination of both on the Middle Neck Road site, Kreitzman said.

The village continues to hold public hearings on the rezoning, and Kreitzman said the sale of any property would occur after the zoning changes are approved. That should be within two months, Kreitzman said.

Kreitzman said the village has not yet decided what would happen to its current village hall.

That structure began as a small farmhouse and has undergone renovations over the years. It was designated the village hall in 1955, Kreitzman said. The parking lot is too small, the building does not have an elevator leading to the second floor, and it lacks storage space, Kreitzman said.

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