Great Neck considers application for Hebrew Academy to use storefront for gatherings

Great Neck considers application for Hebrew Academy to use storefront for gatherings
The Great Neck Board of Trustees discuss at a meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by Cameryn Oakes)

The Village of Great Neck Board of Trustees considered Tuesday night a special-use permit for a commercial property next to the Torah Ohr Hebrew Academy to be used by the school as a meeting room.

The board delayed a decision until Nassau County reviews the application.

The property at 579 Middle Neck Road is part of a commercial building owned by the Hebrew Academy that previously housed the French Kosher Bakery.

The Hebrew Academy is seeking to use the building for assembly purposes, which is currently not permitted.

Alan Packhoush, who spoke on behalf of the academy’s application, said the space would be used for gatherings during festivities.

Due to the building’s location on Middle Neck Road near county land, Nassau’s planning it must get commission approval before the village can act.

Village clerk-treasurer Abraham Cohan said the county is required to make its decision within seven days. Cohan said he would forward the application to the county’s planning commission on Wednesday morning.

Deputy Mayor Barton Sobel said the board can then vote on the application at its next meeting on April 2.

The board also granted a building permit extension to the owners of 240-250 Middle Neck Road for a proposed multi-family development that was approved by the board in 2018.

The project is for a multi-family development, according to the applicant letter to the board.

Northshore Millbrook said in a letter they were filing an amended site plan with revised architectural and facade improvements.

The prior permit expired on March 15.

Trustee Anne Mendelson asked if there is any communication protocol that Northshore Millbrook is required to abide by with residents.

She said the property developers have not communicated much with residents.

“I feel like they should be informing the public, the residents there, so that they have some sense of stability,” Mendelson said.

Cohan said that while it has not been legally required for the developers to communicate, he can ask them to do so.

In other news, the board bid farewell to long-serving public works superintendent Louis Massaro, who is retiring at the end of the month.

​​Massaro joined the village in July 1983 and served for more than 40 years.

“This village is incredibly indebted to you in much bigger ways than I can ever express,” Sobel said, calling Massaro a lifelong friend after their work together.

Deputy Superintendent of Public Works James Neubert will take over the head position.

“I feel confident that Jimmy will be able to give the reports the same way I’ve done,” Massaro said, who called his time with the village an honor.

The board of trustees thanked him for his service.

The Great Neck Board of Trustees will convene again on April 2 when they will hold a public hearing for the 2024-2025 budget and on amending the village code for multi-family building district limitations and incentives.

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