Standing at a lectern in the courtyard of the Cornerstone at Yorkshire building on the former site of the much-maligned Capri Lynbrook Motor Inn, Mayor Alan Beach prepared to cut the ribbon for the new complex, while reflecting on the decades of battles that many Administrations had with the old motel.
At the January 20 groundbreaking, surrounded by village administrators, developers, Chamber of Commerce officials, elected officials, members of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, and tenants of the new building , Beach discussed the Capri’s sordid history and how the Cornerstone represented a new beginning. He also noted how the Guggenheim Museum, built by Frank Lloyd Wright, opened in New York on October 21, 1959, and that around the same time, 17 miles to the east, the building department of Lynbrook received a bid for a new motel. to be built at 5 Freer St.
“Didn’t we get lucky? Beach said laughing. “It’s kind of funny, but sad. While the museum quickly became New York’s biggest tourist attraction with its reduced admission prices, the Capri became Lynbrook’s. Discounted short breaks, hourly rates and a $10 upgrade for a jacuzzi that was attached to the room. And many came 17 miles from Lynbrook.
A four-story, 80-unit building worth $24 million replaced the motel, which was razed in June 2020, after several battles between village officials and motel owners over an alleged crime on the site. The development, approved by village council in November 2019, has been completed by Farmingdale-based Terwilliger & Bartone Properties.
Anthony Bartone, managing partner of Terwilliger & Bartone, said the apartments are around 30% let, but he expects them to be fully occupied soon. He commended the village council for their leadership in bringing the project to fruition and said he was delighted to open the development on schedule, despite many challenges.
“We said we would deliver this building in 18 months,” he said. “Through Covid, through supply chains and everything, guess what? We opened in 18, and I’m very proud of it.
Fran Terwilliger, also managing partner, said she was delighted that despite the obstacles caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the opening of the complex went smoothly, and she was delighted that the inhabitants of the village had given their opinion on the design. of the building during open days.
Of the building, she said, “The exterior is Lynbrook’s past, which has so much character, and then the interior is the modern, cutting-edge new look at Lynbrook.”
House Speaker Cory Hirsch recalled that as a former firefighter from Lynbrook he had been called to the Capri several times over the years, adding that he was delighted there was an influx of new residents to patronize local businesses.
Cornerstone apartments feature quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and high ceilings, and the resort has a fitness center, club room, and courtyard. It includes eight two-bedroom apartments that rent for about $3,400 a month, 44 one-bedroom units that cost about $2,800, and 28 studios, which cost about $2,300 a month. Eight units have been earmarked as workforce housing, which under Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations must offer reduced rents to households earning up to 80% of the city’s median income. region. The first floor of the building houses a parking garage and three floors are reserved for apartments on the nearly one-acre site.
The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency unanimously granted a PILOT, or payment in lieu of taxes, agreement for this one in February 2020. IDA granted a tax abatement for registration mortgages, a sales tax abatement and a 20-year PILOT, which will start at the current tax level of $228,155 per year and gradually increase to $1.1 million by its final year.
Terwilliger & Bartone Properties tried for years to build an apartment complex in Lynbrook, including the Cornerstone at Lynbrook project, which sparked a community backlash and a contentious mayoral race between Beach and its former deputy mayor. Hilary Becker, who did not seek re-election when her term as director arrived last March. Beach said the council was united in its efforts to rid the Capri area and welcome what he called smart development.
“It was a dream,” he said, “and to have it become a reality is amazing to me.”