Work completed on Mineola’s 1 Third Ave.

Work completed on Mineola’s 1 Third Ave.

Mineola’s second downtown apartment complex is now officially complete nearly four years after its approval.

Residents have moved into more than 100 of the apartments at 1 Third Ave., the new address of Lalezarian Properties’ 312-unit building formerly known as 250 Old Country Road, said Diana Makdulina, the leasing director. 

The Lake Success-based developer has rented more than half of the apartments since leasing started in June, she said.

“We didn’t think it was going to rent this quickly,” Makdulina said. “We were certainly hoping for the best, but nobody guessed that it would be this successful. It only shows that the neighborhood is looking for more projects like this.”

The Village of Mineola issued a final certificate of occupancy this month for the building, village Building Superintendent Daniel Whalen said last week. The village building department issued partial certificates of occupancy this summer as apartments were finished.

The project’s completion comes about a year after the official opening of Mill Creek’s 275-unit Modera Mineola, the first complex approved as part of the village’s “Master Plan” to revitalize its downtown area.

All four projects approved since 2008 are within a half-mile of Mineola’s Long Island Rail Road station and marketed toward commuters to New York City.

Proximity to the LIRR has been a major selling point for 1 Third Ave. tenants, Makdulina said. 

Several early renters were older and many came from the Mineola area, she said, but the building has recently drawn more young professionals and migrants from Manhattan and New Jersey.

“This itself is like a Manhattan building in Long Island,” Makdulina said, with amenities such as an indoor pool, gym and 24-hour doorman.

Monthly rents run from $2,875 to $3,400 for the 126 one-bedroom apartments; from $3,200 to $3,500 for the 94 one-bedroom units with a separate office; and from $3,650 to $5,000 for 82 two-bedroom units. The nine three-bedroom units cost between $4,300 and $5,000 a month, but only one is still available, Makdulina said.

Thirty-one apartments are priced at lower “workforce” rates — $1,615 a month for one bedroom and $1,995 for two bedrooms.

The building department is also reviewing plans for Lalezarian’s 266-unit Village Green project at 199 Second St., Whalen said. 

The Citibank branch the existing building housed has moved into 1 Third Ave. under a plan the village approved last year, he said.

“We’re finishing one, we’re starting with another,” Whalen said.

The village has also received the first plans for Mill Creek Residential Trust’s 192-unit, two-building complex on Searing Avenue at the former site of the Corpus Christi Elementary School, Whalen said.

Lalezarian made its first $1 million payment under its “host community benefits agreement” with the village on Sept. 1, Whalen said. 

Another $1 million payment is due Sept. 1, 2017, or sooner if a certificate of occupancy is issued before then, according to the agreement.

The certificate of occupancy for 1 Third Ave. triggers a $620,000 payment under a separate agreement in which Lalezarian agreed to pay $3.1 million in lieu of public amenities. 

Three more $620,000 payments are due in the next three years, the agreement says.

The village has faced some criticism for allowing too-generous tax breaks for the projects and moving them forward too hastily. But village officials say they have been conscientious and that the additional revenue helps them pay for new equipment and amenities without raising taxes.

“These buildings are not just there to give us permit money,” Trustee Dennis Walsh said. “These buildings are being developed so we can create a downtown that does not exist now around the train station.”

The village is also trying to shore up downtown businesses under its “Master Plan” by subsidizing facade renovations and holding car shows to draw foot traffic. Facade work is set to begin soon, but rain has hampered all but a few car shows this summer, Mayor Scott Strauss said last week.

By Noah Manskar

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