Car accident almost derails new business permit approval in Village of Great Neck

Car accident almost derails new business permit approval in Village of Great Neck
The Great Neck Village Hall, before burning down in a fire in 2022. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)


Vlad Davydov almost didn’t get his sign approved Tuesday night.

The permit for the sign at Lyfe Boxing, a new fitness center, was scheduled for consideration at the Village of Great Neck board meeting.

But a two-car collision on Middle Neck Road that afternoon sent a car careening through the door of No. 493, the address of the new business, and the village board was ready to postpone consideration of the application.

Davydov, the proprietor, eventually arrived at the meeting explaining that he had been waiting for a contractor to board up the front of the store. He made his presentation and the trustees approved his signage.

He said the zoning was approved last week and all that was left to do, before the accident, was a final walk-through inspection. Now the building department will need to make sure the building is structurally sound.

He is still planning on a March opening.

Davydov said the two drivers were taken from the scene by ambulance. The Nassau County Police Department public information unit said it had no further information on the accident.

In other action, the board voted to continue its membership in the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee and approved the expenditure of $1,800 for dues. The organization focuses on addressing water quality planning in the watershed.

It is comprised of Nassau County, Town of North Hempstead and 13 watershed villages on the Great Neck and Port Washington peninsulas.

Trustee Anne Mendelson said that the committee’s activities affect the village and if it had to take on that function itself the cost would be greater than the dues assessment.

The village board approved the appointment of Alexia Friend, Michael Goldman, and Morris Lavi to the Board of Assessment Review.

Deputy Mayor Bart Sobel was named as an alternate. The board hears and reviews assessment grievance arguments. A meeting is scheduled for Feb. 20.

The trustees said the village will accept bids for the Middle Neck Road median landscaping project from March 8 to 22.

The vegetation on the median running from Piccadilly Road to Hicks Lane will be replaced with new shrubbery and flowers.

Abraham Cohan, village clerk and treasurer, said the village “is looking at approximately $180,000” as the cost of the project. Once work begins, hopefully in April, the demolition and planting should each take about two weeks, he said.

The board approved a proposal by Anker’s Electric Service of Locust Valley to replace a total of six light poles on Old Pond Road, Polo Road, Strathmore Drive and Gould Street at a cost not to exceed $16,000.

The board also said that it expects during the first quarter to hire a manager to oversee construction of the new village hall, replacing the building that was severely damaged in a fire in August 2022.





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