Empty in Farmingdale: Former Temple

Tell us what you want on the vacant property.

Walk down Main Street or drive down Route 110 and Hempstead Turnpike and you will notice many boarded up storefronts adorned with "For Rent" signs, an indication of the hard times the area -- and country -- are facing.

The Village of Farmingdale mayor and board of trustees they hope will and fill the empty sites with businesses and housing.

Over the next few months, Farmingdale Patch will spotlight these vacant properties to foster discussion in the community on what can, should and could be done to rehab these abandoned places.

This week's property is the former Farmingdale Jewish Center on Fulton Street.

in 2007 the property has sat empty. For a $2.3 - $2.5 million price tag, new owners get two stand alone structures on 1.65 acres with separate kitchens and classrooms in $21,000 square feet of building space and 44 parking spaces.

Realtor Howard Kaminowitz of Laffey Fine Homes is listing the site. According to Kaminowitz, the property is zoned both for residential and business and is in a prime location due to its postion on the county border and easy access from Route 110, Route 135 and Hempstead Turnpike.

It has been on the market for 315 days.

What would you like to see there? Another religious institution? A residential development? Tell us in the comments.

Rosemarie Stauber November 30, 2011 at 06:40 PM
J. Marshall - you have some wonderful, well thought out ideas. Have you ever been to a CCAF meeting? If not, give it a try...and I agree with you - PAL should be more visible. Their location besides the railroad tracks does not make a lot of sense. Also - what do you think it would take to get some serious interest in your abandonment tax idea? The potential additional tax expense to commercial landlords would 'light a fire' under them and strongly encourage them to be more realistic as to the monthy rent they are looking for in their available commercial property.
James M. November 30, 2011 at 09:26 PM
I love the idea of CCAF, however my work schedule rarely allows me free time before 9 pm. In regards to "Abandonment" Fee (Tax is the wrong word and I wouldn't want anyone to misconstrue the purpose). To do it on the village level, it would need to be discussed and voted on as well reviewed by legal council. I believe an Ordinance would need to be issued and a within that ordinance a process to waive the fee and written limts as to why the fee can be waived or else you have the board waiving it for friends. For tax exempt properties I don't know what the legal ramifications are but I think it should still apply. You may even need to have it on the ballot in November to be approved. Ideally this would only apply to non-residential only structures (I'm using the term "non residential only structures" to encompass all non housing land and buildings) so it would capture religious structures, offices, store fronts, empty lots, etc. There should be a percentage such as 70% capacity or less for strip malls for the tax to apply. This would capture the DD strip mall across from the Farmingdale repair shop on Conklin. The empty lot clause would capture that lot next to the bar on Conklin off of Main. At the Town Level would need to get all of these "representatives" beholden to the businesses to agree. Good luck with that but we can hope. Amanda, Think I could write a blog post on this?
Bradley H. Smallberg December 01, 2011 at 01:43 AM
I am newly married and we are currently still looking for a synagogue. If I am going to travel to Wantagh, I might as well travel to Plainview or Melville. They cater to a younger Jewish community. I would prefer to have one in walking distance.
James M. December 01, 2011 at 02:59 PM
I called Mr. Kaminowitz and he seems to think the property is undervalued. This guy has no clue what he is doing and every month that means less revenue for Farmingdale, Town of Oyster Bay, and Nassau. The most you can get for this in this market is $1M because whoever buys it needs to tear it down and start over.
Sal December 01, 2011 at 04:26 PM
So the Broker Mr Kaminowitz feels the property is undevalued. How Shocking!!!! Again if the tax breaks were not there this property would have sold months ago. I again repeat my inquiry, What legislatures came up with this benefit to business property owners to the detriment of the communities these properties reside in?


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