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Three homes still standing in Lynbrook — for now
Village calls for environmental study
Brian Croce/Herald
A permit to demolish three homes in Lynbrook was put on hold by the village board until further studies can be conducted.

When the Lynbrook village Board of Trustees unanimously voted down a hotel owner’s proposal last month to rezone three nearby homes that he purchased in order to build a hotel parking lot, it appeared to be a victory for nearby residents, who had vehemently protested the plan for months.

But last week, those residents were notified by Holiday Inn Express owner Thomas Morash by certified mail that he intended to demolish the three homes at 417 Ocean Ave., 3 Merton Ave. and 9 Merton Ave., though there was no mention of a parking lot. The property is currently surrounded by a chain-link fence, and a dumpster now stands between the two Merton Avenue homes, part of the preparation for their demolition.

“We’re just going to take the houses down for now,” Morash said.

At its meeting on Monday, however, the board did not grant Morash a demolition permit, and instead voted unanimously that an environmental impact study to be done before any decision is made. Village Attorney Peter Ledwith recommended undertaking the study before a permit is granted because this is a relatively large project. “The board has a duty under New York state law to take a look at the environmental impact of the demolition,” Ledwith said.

Patti Nicoletti, who lives on Merton Avenue, said the study is a good thing for her block, but she would prefer that a law be passed prohibiting business owners from purchasing residential property with the intention of converting it to commercial use.

“I’m happy about this ruling and I’m hoping something good comes of it,” Nicoletti said, “but I’m trying to use this experience to make it so that it not only doesn’t happen to me again, but it doesn’t happen to other homeowners again.”

Ledwith said that because Morash now says only that he plans to demolish the homes and not what he intends to do with the property, the proposal raised a red flag.


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If the Morash family is truly looking to do good and be "good neighbors" than STOP NOW!! With "good neighbors" like this who needs bad neighbors!

Reducing our property values, taking away what was once known as a beautiful residential family oriented quiet block is is not what anyone would call a "good neighbor". Prove to your "good neighbors" that you want to do what is right and STOP NOW! Sell the homes you bought to families who want to be a part of this great block! If you loose some money well lesson learned for you, to do your homework next time before you invest so much money!

Actions speak louder than words, step it up show all of Lynbrook you have integrity and truly want to be "GOOD NEIGHBORS"

Saturday, October 6, 2012 | Report this

Wow... somehow I missed the closing line in this article the first time I read it a couple of weeks ago. Mr. Morash's statements that quote "We're only looking to do good for the community." and "We're not looking to be bad neighbors" is absolutely unbelievable. There was an expression when my kids were growing up a number of years ago that camesto mind when I saw this earlier this evening - it was something along the lines of... "Gag Me With A Spoon!!" Oh come on Sir, how can you think that anyone could believe you - in-as-much as in the short time you've owned these properties you've already let the neighborhood deteriorate because of your desire to push your parking lot vision, come hell or high water! Wasn't it bad enough that the property at #417 Ocean that you purchased a few years ago has been allowed to seriously deteriorate, not caring how it looked to passerby traffic, etc. Then, to make matters worse, since you've purchased the property at #3 Merton, you've left a gaping hole in the side of the house for pests to come and go as they please and have left windows on the top floor wide open year round - to advance the deterioration of the property. This is especially interesting, for one might think since there was a possibility of not getting your permits / plans approved by the village that a good businessperson might keep an option open to be able to sell the house & property if your plans were rejected as they were - so your investment would not have been a total loss.

But no - instead you've chosen to let the properties rot in the hopes that neighbors would acquiesce to your unreasonable desires to push through a parking facility that would service a hotel that isn't even part of Lynbrook, but rather Rockville Centre.... mmm trying to be "good neighbors," please - your behavior is totally disingenuous.

One can only wonder what the real motives of this hotel owner are? Could it possibly be that you have other plans for the properties involved - other than what you had projected to your neighbors and village officials. Might it have something to do with the fact that you haven't completed the basic outdoor construction project at the entrance to your other property, The RVC Inn? hmmm... wonder what's in store for us next?

I couldn't agree more with the writer of the above comment. Actions certainly do speak louder than words. Please prove my suspicions wrong - don't force the issue by demolishing #3 & #9 Merton Avenues. Fix the properties up and sell them to deserving individuals who by purchasing them will be contributing to the communities' tax base which you seem to be trying to impact negatively!

How would you feel if I bought properties opposite and/or adjacent to your home and did what you're proposing to do? somehow I think your attorneys would be all over this, trying to prevent the deterioration of your neighborhood.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | Report this
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