The Mineola Village Board approved a sale of an unused parcel of property it owns on the east end of the village for conversion into a parking lot.
The village had previously been approached about renting the property from the company occupying the building next door at 267 East Jericho Turnpike, then was approached about purchasing the land. The company wants to extend the parking lot to make the location more viable. The parcel is too small for the village to build upon. The property can only be used for a parking lot because of the underground right-of-ways.
“We can’t use it for much of anything,” mayor Scott Strauss said during the regular meeting of the board at the village hall on December 19, “although we have to maintain it, we have to cut it. Although I’m not normally in favor of giving away any kind of property that’s of real value to us because we don’t have that much, this property, there really is no use to us. We can’t do anything with it, we can’t put anything on it. We can make it into a parking lot but there really isn’t a benefit for us to it.”
An appraisal had been made with the purchaser agreeing to the appraised value of $233,000. The company is seeking to only purchase only a portion of the land and not the entire property. While the exact dimensions the company is seeking were not available at the meeting, village attorney John Spellman stated that the area in question runs approximately 100 ft. deep off of Jericho Turnpike and 50-60 ft. to the east from the vacant building.
If the board were to lease the property, it would remain off the tax rolls but would come onto the tax rolls if the village were to sell the property.
“What we can use that $233,000, should it be approved, for is to help us pay for the gazebo, help us pay for the snack stand that was damaged by the fire and I’m looking to renovate, upgrade if we can, the sprinkler parks that are in Memorial Park and Wilson Park,” Strauss said.