Courtesy Hotel To Be Razed, Homes To Be Built Under Murray
Courtesy Hotel To Be Razed,
Homes To Be Built Under Murray
Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray has announced that the Town of
Hempstead and Trammell Crow Residential (developers), with the
assistance of Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) President Helena Williams
and her staff, have reached a tentative agreement that will replace
West Hempstead's infamous Courtesy Hotel with attractive rental homes.
"I am excited that my staff, representatives from Trammell Crow
Residential along with LIRR officials have worked together to rid West
Hempstead of the Courtesy Hotel and facilitate the development of
needed 'transit oriented' homes," said Murray.
Prior to the agreement, Trammell Crow lacked necessary land to meet
zoning density restrictions for the construction of 150 "train
commuter-friendly" apartment homes abutting the West Hempstead Rail
Road Station. Under the arrangement, the LIRR would transfer a
.97-acre parcel to Hempstead Town, creating enough property when added
to the adjacent Courtesy Hotel's 2.7-acre tract, to support the
density of development contemplated for the developer's
commuter-oriented homes. The LIRR property transfer is required to be
ratified by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board.
"This is a unique opportunity to create rental units nearby a LIRR
station while at the same time resolving a community issue," said LIRR
President Helena Williams. "There's been a lot of discussion lately
about 'transit-oriented development' on Long Island but the Town of
Hempstead is actually doing it. This kind of housing represents the
future for Long Island. The LIRR is delighted to be part of the
solution to what has been a difficult local problem for many years."
"I want to thank the LIRR and Helena Williams for recognizing the
importance of 'transit oriented housing' and for helping Hempstead
Town to bring about genuine community renewal in West Hempstead," said
the Supervisor. "The LIRR is demonstrating that a public
transportation authority can be a very good neighbor."
At the November 18th Hempstead Town Board meeting, Murray will call
for a November 25th fast-tracked public hearing to rezone the Courtesy
Hotel parcel, clearing the last major hurdle to the redevelopment of
the Courtesy Hotel site and the adjacent LIRR parcel.
"I am proud that I will be proposing the hearing for the rezoning
of the Courtesy Hotel site," said Murray. "I believe that this hearing
will close an unpleasant chapter and open a prosperous one in the
history of West Hempstead."
Murray called Trammell Crow Residential a quality developer and
expressed her opinion that renderings for homes at the Courtesy site
were impressive and attractive.
"I want to be here when we hand over the keys to proud new
residents at this location," announced Murray.
"This is a true public/private collaboration. We want to thank
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, the community and the LIRR for
embracing smart planning principles," stated Maria Rigopoulos, Vice
President of Trammell Crow Residential. "The Alexan at West Hempstead
Station will set an example of new, transit-oriented development on
the Island. We look forward to getting started!"
The Supervisor thanked West Hempstead neighbors as well as
community and business leaders for working with her office to lend
support for the redevelopment of the Courtesy Hotel property.
"Today is a great day for West Hempstead neighbors and everyone who
calls Hempstead Town home," concluded Murray. "We plan on being back
at this location as soon as possible to knock down the Courtesy Hotel
and begin construction on beautiful homes for West Hempstead's newest