The sole surviving privately owned horse ranch in the Town of Hempstead will hold its grand opening weekend later this month after delays caused by superstorm Sandy and the wintry weather.
The old Lakewood Stables has been renamed the New York Equestrian Center, transformed from a rundown relic into a state-of-the-art, year-round, indoor riding arena. The premiereof the center will take place on April 20-21, and will include tours, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, equine demonstrations and the facility’s first horse show.
The $1-million revamping of the near-century-old Eagle Avenue facility, one of West Hempstead’s oldest landmarks, was praised by local community activists who said the stables would help enhance the community while maintaining the history of the area.
The new energy-efficient and climate-controlled facility will house a 30,000-square-foot enclosed riding arena, 53 new stalls, a 7,000-square-foot mezzanine with 99 seats, and 40 on-site parking spots.
Owner Alex Jacobson, a real estate broker and developer from Baldwin Harbor, has said he bought the 2-acre stable in 2006 with the intent of razing it and building condos, but had a change of heart.
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