County to Announce Deal for Apartment/Retail Project

Press conference Thursday to reveal $28 million package for downtown Farmingdale.

Nassau County is proposing a $28.3 million spending package to build apartments and retail stores near the Farmingdale LIRR station downtown.

County Executive Edward P. Mangano plans to make the announcement along with representatives of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency at 11 a.m. Thursday. The project has been in discussion for years.

The proposal will provide affordable rental options for young professionals in Nassau County and provide a boost to businesses in downtown Farmingdale, according to a statement issued Wednesday by Mangano's office.

Nassau County and local public officials will be in attendance, including Legislators Joe Belesi, Rose Walker and Michael Venditto; Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand; Greg Belew, executive vice president of TDI Real Estate Holdings LLC; and Anthony Bartone, developer and manager of Bartone Properties, LLC.

The event is to take place at 120 Secatogue Ave, Farmingdale, the site of Bartone's long-proposed renovation project within sight of the LIRR station at Farmingdale.

Bartone, a native of Farmingdale and graduate of Farmingdale High School, has proposed the development of that property at Secatogue and South Front Street to include a hotel and the retail and apartment complex for several years and have progressed through various stages of approvals and development.

In an interview with Patch last year, Bartone described the project as "transformational" for Farmingdale, capitalizes on its train station and will serve to attract young professionals to the community.

Walter Priestley April 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Stina April 11, 2013 at 02:13 AM
In my opinion, Farmingdale is going down hill fast. I moved here 20 years ago because I loved it when I rented an apartment. As soon as I can afford it, I'll move out of here in a heartbeat. The downtown project is like putting duck tape on a broken pipe. The problems start at the top and just trickle down to the streets. I have many specific reasons for my feelings, but I won't bother to say here cause when I tried to be heard the right way, I was lied to and manipulated. I wish there was such a place as Walnut Grove on the show Little House on the Prairie. I'd surely move there.
Farmingdale April 11, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Downtown has no parking and they are only giving 11/2 spaces per apt and say people will not own cars but take public transportation. Nonsense you have to own a car on Long Island
Jason Molinet April 11, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Mangano's office has postponed today's press conference, citing inclement weather forecast.
Joe Dowd (Editor) April 11, 2013 at 04:13 PM
We'll be following up on when the press conference will be rescheduled and let everyone know. Meanwhile, we'd like to hear from more people about downtown Farmingdale and this project. jd
John Rennhack April 11, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Read: Not a good enough photo-op.
Russell Lamboy April 11, 2013 at 08:19 PM
This is a great opportunity to rebuild downtown. I have a Business in Farmingdale and I would love to see it thrive once again.
John Rennhack April 12, 2013 at 08:26 AM
Jason, did Mangano say it was because of weather? Because if he did, you were lied to. According to Newsday the IDA deal is not finalized yet. I would think THAT is the reason for the cancelled presser.
Golf26 April 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM
I want to be optimistic, but this project worries me. Especially as I live on a lovely, quiet street that is within walking distance of the train station. I don't want to live in Queens. Fix up the dump that is Main Street.
Jason Molinet April 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM
In a press release no less.
John Rennhack April 12, 2013 at 05:19 PM
why couldn't Mangano just A) tell the truth or B) wait to schedule a presser when everything is finalized? Why lie?
Brian Karcher April 12, 2013 at 05:46 PM
It's Nassau County. This project will be done in 2025.
John Rennhack April 12, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Thankfully the project is in the hands of the Village who want the job done. Unlike the Hub and Hicksville downtown, there is a strong committment and no politics in rebuilding the Village. This project is a step towards revitalizing Main Street. Village leaders both elected and volunteers have kept their focus strong.
John Rennhack April 16, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Have you been to Queens? I grew up in an area less dense than parts of Nassau with parks, tree-lined streets and single-family homes.


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