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Potential New Tenant, Contamination Cleanup at Waldbaum's Site

The space has been vacant since March.

Since closed in March, more than 40,000 square feet of anchor space in the Village of Farmingdale has sat empty.

That may change soon, according to David Gelfond, an agent at First Development Corporation handling the listing.

“There is going to be major redevelopment of that property which is going to be very positive for the community,” said Gelfond. “There are some major service type retailers that are looking to come here.”

Gelfond could not give more detail about the companies interested.

“When you’re in negotiations with companies, you’re not allowed to disclose anything,” he said.

Gelfond anticipates it will probably take 6-12 months for everything to be completed.

 “Over the next 12 months, I think the community will be very happy with the redevelopment.”

Meanwhile, signage was approved at the September village board meeting to post at the Waldbaum's site about a Department of Environmental Conservation cleanup at the property.

The DEC discovered a contamination plume of residue in the south end of the shopping plaza from chemicals used by Farmingdale Plaza Cleaners, a former tenant of the Waldbaum’s property. 

According to village trustee Ralph Ekstrand, the DEC is cleaning the toxic waste through soil and vapor remediation and trenches have been dug around the contaminated area. The DEC estimates this cleanup project will last one year.  

A DEC report indicates residents, and future tenants, should not be concerned about the contamination.

"No one is expected to drink contaminated groundwater because the surrounding area is served by public water," the DEC statement reads. "No one should be exposed to contaminants in indoor air because a soil vapor extraction system is currently planned to remove contaminated soil vapors before they reach site buildings and surrounding buildings.”

What business do you want to see as an anchor on Main Street? Or would you prefer housing or park space there? Are you concerned about the contamination under the site? Tell us in the comments.

Lori November 18, 2011 at 12:57 PM
Love to see a Trader Joe's !!
Sal November 18, 2011 at 01:19 PM
I am all for a Trader Joe's, Ivarrone Brothers, Uncle Giusseppi's, If the space is divided multiple retail spaces can be created maybe an added bakery can survive. It is a prime space with plenty of parking.
Rosemarie Stauber November 18, 2011 at 02:06 PM
A Trader Joes' is a excellent idea - Mr. Gelfond - any hints as to who is considering the property????
barb middendorff November 18, 2011 at 02:28 PM
I would hope it is another supermarket, or a store that carries food products, like Walmart/Target-but those retailers are in Farmingdale already... There are Seniors and people in town that do not drive-I hope whatever it is, that it is something to fulfill the needs of these people.
Dale from Farmingdale November 18, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Yeah, like K-Mart/Borders on Hempstead Tpke. in Levittown....several years and it's still vacant!
Dale from Farmingdale November 18, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Sal's & J. Marshall's ideas are all good...gourmet foods and a bakery are still needed here. Some kind of buffet...like a huge salad bar (similar to the old Sizzler) would be nice. But I don't understand the contamination issue...isn't that dry cleaner long gone from there? I thought it went out of business several years ago.
Amanda Fiscina November 18, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Good catch Dale- I added "former tenant' to the article above to avoid confusion.
Martha Thomatos November 18, 2011 at 05:44 PM
I would love to see whole foods, stew Leonard's or trader joes.
Janet November 18, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Shop Rite would be a wonderful addition to Farmingdale. We have many seniors that can't afford the high end supermarkets. Whole foods, Trader Joes' etc, fit that catergory. In this difficult time where so many of us have to be careful with our finance's, ---Shop Rite is the answer.
Michael B November 18, 2011 at 07:07 PM
Harmon Drugs Store, the Post Office should move there, Uncle Guisseppes or an IGA, like in Massapequa Park
Dale from Farmingdale November 21, 2011 at 02:44 PM
Martha, Farmingdale already has a Stew Leonards...it's in Airport Plaza.
Dale from Farmingdale November 21, 2011 at 02:47 PM
NP, Amanda...I've always said Patch could use my services...I'm a professional proofreader!
barb middendorff November 21, 2011 at 07:06 PM
Dale, that is not the type of Stew Leonard's Martha is posting about. There is Stew Leonards, the market/gourmet market. Alot like Trader Joe's. About 6,7 (?) years ago, SL tried to open such a market ACROSS from Airport Plaza, but the residents protested that the traffic would be too much and it was a danger for workers, customers being right at the start of one of the runways..... Stew Leonards-the wine market ran ads they are not related to the other Stew Leonards during this protesting period, but, it appears that they are part of the same company. SL WAS interested coming to this part of the island years ago, maybe they are still interested-as long as they do not have to spend a ton on legal fees, LIKE BEFORE.
Dale from Farmingdale November 21, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Barb: Thanx for the Stew Leonard's education...I had no idea! (Apparently, btw, you can't reply to a reply...had to use a new comment box LOL). Then yes, it's a good idea Wonder why they'd lie about being part of the same company?
angela brienza December 01, 2011 at 09:42 PM
I'd love to see John's Farms which is now in Plainview. Great prices, good meats, fresh fish dept, Italian deli & plenty of fruit & veggies. Very affordable!
Tanii C. December 02, 2011 at 01:45 PM
there is Guinta's over by Retro Fitness that has awesome meat and veggie selections at a great price. I think we need something that is NOT already in the area. We have MANY big box grocery stores in the area (Stop n Shop, Pathmark, Waldbaums(on 107) and King Kullen on Hempstead Tkp) I understand that some are a bit of a drive but another grocery store isn't the answer. I'm thinking maybe a family oriented dining/activity center not a dave and busters but something where families can eat and play. There really isn't anything geared towards families with young children in Farmingdale and it's pretty sad since that is one of the groups that the town wants and needs to attract.
Jason Molinet December 02, 2011 at 02:14 PM
I'd say Farmingdale Lanes http://patch.com/L-d6FW and Dave and Busters http://patch.com/L-d6Zf both fit the bill of multipurpose family, food and fun.
Amanda Fiscina December 02, 2011 at 03:14 PM
Hi Dennis, Where did you hear that? We'll definitely look into and post an update on that news on the site.
Dale from Farmingdale December 02, 2011 at 03:20 PM
A community center for after-school kids as well as seniors; we have nothing like that; I'd even consider teaching a Saturday crafts class there...
Dennis Winkler December 02, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Amanda - I'll email you!
James M. December 02, 2011 at 03:58 PM
I'd rather use this site for commercial enterprises and build any community center on the Liberty Site or at the old Jewish Community Center. Neither one is producing revenue so it wouldn't be a dramatic change in Tax revenue. Buying and changing the Waldbaums site would be unnecessarily expensive in terms of purchasing and building on the property and the loss of tax revenue.
Victor Calderone March 04, 2012 at 05:46 PM
A trader Joes store would do great there. Any other type of supermarket would be in direct competition with Giuntas,Pats and Stop and Shop. We dont need another store closing in Farmingdale. Trader Joes is different enough to sustain business. A restaurant(Ex. Olive Garden) would take business away from the restaurants we already have.
Rosemary riccobene March 08, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I would love to see another supermarket like shop rite
PedgeRocks August 17, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Trader Joe's is known for high quality at LOW PRICES! It does NOT have Whole Foods prices AT ALL! Have you ever been to a TJs? I am guessing not, or else you would know that it is one of the beat bargains around by any standard, and you can also trust their products to have healthier ingredients without food colorings, etc. A TJs would be a terrific addition to Farmingdale, allowing consumers to have the option of higher end products at affordable prices, most of which are lower than traditional supermarket prices!
PedgeRocks August 17, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Trader Joe's is known for high quality at LOW PRICES! It does NOT have Whole Foods prices AT ALL! Have you ever been to a TJs? I am guessing not, or else you would know that it is one of the beat bargains around by any standard, and you can also trust their products to have healthier ingredients without food colorings, etc. A TJs would be a terrific addition to Farmingdale, allowing consumers to have the option of higher end products at affordable prices, most of which are lower than traditional supermarket prices!
PedgeRocks August 17, 2012 at 05:05 PM
In response to Tanii C.: YES! Trader Joe's would totally fit the bill for shopping needs for young families, as well as those like me whose children are in college. They have something/everything for EVERYONE! If you go to a TJs, you see shoppers of ALL ages!
Victor Calderone October 02, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Any new news about when and if something will be opening here?
PedgeRocks October 02, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Haven't heard a thing!
Ramzey Ahmad March 09, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Hello residents of Farmingdale Village. My name is Ramzey and I am interested in opening a Supermarket at the old Waldbaums location. I would like some feed back from the community if a supermarket would be useful in Farmingdale Village. Keeping in mind that we would be going up against a much larger supermarket in the area Stop and Shop.
Ramzey Ahmad March 09, 2013 at 07:50 PM
I would appreciate as much comments as possible from all. This will be a full service supermarket with bakery, deli, produce, meats, vegetables, free delivery etc...

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