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Appraisal of 'Alvan Petrus' Property Approved

Activists may be one step closer to seeing the park restored.

The approved a measure during Tuesday night's board meeting at  to start an appraisal of the parcel of land known as near Harbor Homes in Port Washington. 

"The point is to determine a fair market value of the parcel so that the Town can begin negotiations with the NHHA [North Hempstead Housing Authority] to acquire the land," said Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio.

Two years ago a six-foot fence was erected, surrounding the parcel, when the North Hempstead Housing Authority intended to turn this area into a 55+ senior moderate income housing development. While that project was voted down, the fence remains, and the parkland was never reopened. Activists have been trying to restore the park ever since.

Supervisor Jon Kaiman explained at the meeting that the appraisal process takes about 30 days. De Giorgio said that she would provide the results of this appraisal as quickly as possible.

The move means residents and activists may be one step closer to seeing the park restored.

"I am cautiously optimistic that the board and supervisor in particular have listened and heard the community loud and clear," said Hank Ratner. "I believe that Jon Kaiman is a good and decent person who sincerely wants to do the 'right thing,' understanding that it is a process which will take some time."

"I am pleased that Supervisor Kaiman along with the TONH board has finally decided to do the right thing and move forward in a positive direction to re-open the Alvan O. Petrus Park," said Wandell Thomas, Hands of Change president, a civic group that has been working to restore the park.

The town, she said, "along with other entities, county, state, civic associations, and private donors have come together for the betterment of the community in Port Washington in other areas of the town. I would like to see the same effort put forth for The Alvan O. Petrus Park."

She added, "I hope NHHA doesn't continue to hold the property hostage for it's own selfish reasons."

Adina Genn contributed to the reporting.

george August 03, 2012 at 03:05 AM
george 8:52 pm on Thursday, August 2, 2012 if you want something done with Town Board , plain and simple bribe ..........ops. sorry campaign contribution . it's been proven , Dwyer meets Roslyn country club owner in Vegas , The deal is done .
Wandell Thomas August 04, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I would like to see this done sooner then later. Whatever Supervisor Kaiman's reasons are for FINALLY stepping up and doing the right thing isn't an issue for me. Councilwoman De Giorgio has kept her word and as far as i'm concerned that says alot. This should have NEVER come to this, but THE 'OLE MIGHTY DOLLAR IS A POWERFUL THING. Supervisor Kaiman will be stepping down shortly and I asked him "if this will be done before he leaves?" He stated and I quote "I DON'T LEAVE THINGS UNFINISHED." So with that being said....WE SHOULD BE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION....RE-OPENING THE PARK!!
David of port August 05, 2012 at 01:36 PM
since when you trust what Kaoman says? he is the biggest lier on the face of the earth . Trust me he has proven it , why do you think there is talk of him "steping down"? He is being forced out because he is an liability for the Democrats.
Craig Baines August 05, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Yes who cares how we got to this point getting this park done is job one and whoever can be helpful should be recuited. I have made it my job to badger some potential Kaiman successors, Judi Bosworth an exceptional person and Wayne Wink, they're all in so the future for this project looks bright, this is no time to slack-off but instead to start sending emails to the aforementioned elected county officials putting them on notice now that once they get into that supervisors seat we will put the fire to there feet. Thank you.
Lee Kalinsky August 09, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Please follow the Save the Petrus Park Facebook page for news and information. http://www.facebook.com/alvinpetruspark

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