Fire Inspector Owen Magee led the discussion Monday evening.
Levittown Fire Inspector
Owen Magee joined the Levittown Community Council Monday evening for an update
on the vacant storefronts lining the neighborhood as well as the fire
department's view on the Crocus Lane proposal.
In recent years, vacant
properties have been in abundance around Levittown, specifically along
Hempstead Turnpike. Magee reported on upcoming revitalization to take place
once stood years ago.
"Permits have been
filed and the grievances have been discussed and worked out," Magee said
of the site, located at the southeast corner of Hempstead Turnpike and
Jerusalem Avenue. "It's supposed to be a Home Depot Express for
contractors. I'm not sure if the general public will be able to shop there, but
it'll be nice to get that building filled. It's been too long."
Magee also spoke on plans
for Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology which is slated to open in place of the former
Jewish Center on Hempstead Turnpike, just west of Jerusalem Avenue.
"I don't know
exactly what's going on there," said Magee. "They filed all the
permits, but from what I understand there's a divorce involving the two
principal owners and I was told that may be part of the problem as to why
progress has slowed down."
In other news, Magee told
the board that he will be representing the Levittown Fire Department
week's Board of Zoning Appeals hearing on the controversial proposal for
condominium units at the vacant Crocus Lane estate.
After seeing a drawing of
the proposal, Magee said the department is concerned that there is no way to
enter through the rear of the property and want to urge the builders to install
"We have not been
contacted by the builders as to what their intentions are," he said.
"We want to just get our point of view out there so if anything goes
wrong, no one can point a finger at us. We want to make our voice heard."
"The fire department
is not going to take a stand for or against this," Magee added.
"That's not our job, but the citizens of Levittown, the people most affected by it and its traffic."
The Crocus Lane hearing will take
place next Wednesday, Oct. 3 in front of the Board of the Town of Hempstead.
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