Changes ahead for West Merrick Road
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“There is no ‘neighborhood feel,’” he said, “and other than to get your car fixed or to purchase a new car, there is no reason to visit the west end of Merrick Road in Valley Stream.” Chiarello added that he would like to see additional development on West Merrick Road, including business offices and apartment buildings.
President of Envision Valley Stream David Sabatino would also like to see some new development on West Merrick Road and highlighted some vacant plots or properties for sale at a recent meeting that could potentially be redeveloped.
“We’re approaching a time where more of these businesses are leaving and a lot of these buildings are so old they’re being demolished where we can start planning for a different West Merrick Road,” he said. Sabatino would like to see Merrick Road in Valley Stream take after Merrick Road in Rockville Centre where there are townhouses and apartment buildings in between the busy road and residential area.
Since West Merrick Road mainly has service-oriented businesses, residents don’t have a reason to walk or shop on it, Sabatino said. “There are two large residential areas on either side of Merrick Road and their ability to really connect with Merrick Road is limited,” he said.
Beverly Martin has lived two blocks away from West Merrick Road for nearly 14 years and said one her biggest issues with the roadway is the upkeep of some of the storefronts. She would like to see more business owners clean and maintain their properties to a higher standard.
According to Fare, village officials have showed some properties to developers in an effort to spark discussion. He added that a developer looked at the St. Therese Council of the Knights of Columbus property, which is up for sale, last week.
“It is changing,” said Vinny Ang, the research assistant to the village Board of Trustees, of West Merrick Road, “and I think it’s going to change for the better as far as the residents are concerned and the village as a whole.”