Deputy Mayor Alan Beach said he has researched the surrounding parking lots to see how many spaces were available. In the parking lot on Earle Avenue in between Stauderman Avenue and St. James Place, Beach said there are approximately 50 open spots, while the lot at the corner of Sunrise Highway and Forest Avenue has between 60 and spaces open.
Garden said there would be shuttles for three-hour periods in the morning and afternoons to and from the Lynbrook Long Island Rail Road station and the new lots where commuters would park. Beach noted that the shuttle period could be extended. “If this proceeds,” Beach said, “and we’re getting to the point where yes we’re definitely doing this, we will research and lay out a plan for the village to accommodate our commuters.”
Under the terms of this agreement with the village, Garden said, the hotel would contribute $5 per day per occupied room toward municipal parking fees, resulting in an anticipated $216,000 to the village each year. Also, he added, if a hotel was not built where the parking lot is, the village would be on the hook for about $345,000 to resurface the area.
Browning, who owns and operates several hotels on Long Island, said he would look to enter into an initial lease of 49 years with the village. He and Garden fielded questions and comments from residents following their presentation.
“It appears to me that this facility will be a huge improvement for the village,” said Bill Gaylor, vice president of government affairs for the Chamber of Commerce. “I, as a commercial property owner and a resident in the village, in addition to my capacity with the Chamber, whole-heartedly believe that this project has huge positive economic impact on the village.”
Jack Libert, village special counsel, noted that Browning had a proposal to build a hotel at the site of the long-vacant Mangrove Feather building, which is across the street from the current proposed hotel location, but a deal couldn’t be worked out.
Garden said he believes the development of a Courtyard by Marriott in the area would entice another developer to make a pitch to purchase the Mangrove Feather building.