April 3, 2013 | 614 views
Changes ahead for West Merrick Road
Valley Stream leaders seek new life for major business strip
In a community with more than 40,000 people, and many more who pass through each week, Valley Stream’s roadways receive a lot of attention from residents and elected officials. These roadways are more than just asphalt, however. They’re also made up of the homes and businesses nearby.
Village residents are familiar with West Merrick Road — east of Hook Creek Boulevard and west of Rockaway Avenue — and its service-oriented businesses that call it home. At a recent Envision Valley Stream meeting, when members were asked the first thing to come to their minds when they hear “West Merrick Road,” a popular response was “car dealerships.”
West Merrick Road has many car dealerships, but a few of them will soon be moving to other locations down the road or to Sunrise Highway. South Shore Hyundai is moving to the Green Acres Shopping Center on Sunrise Highway in May, while Acura of Valley Stream and South Shore Honda are shifting to different locations on West Merrick Road. Honda’s new dealership will be on the south side of the Merrick Road at the corner of Montgomery Street. Acura will be across Montgomery Street, also on the south side of Merrick Road at the old Toyota dealership location, according to Thomas McAleer, the village’s superintendent of buildings.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is moving from the corner of Central Avenue to where Boening Florist used to be, and Bical Chevrolet will soon be remodeling its facility, McAleer said. He added that applications for all the projects have been submitted and are currently being reviewed.
“Having the car dealers build, improve and modernize their facilities is good for everyone,” said Mayor Ed Fare, who added that his administration has taken a pro-business stance since it took office.
Charlie Chiarello, the owner of Classic Coffee Systems, which has been on West Merrick Road for 18 years, said his business is in a convenient location, but the large number of car dealerships makes the road aesthetically unappealing.