Town of North Hempstead officials have set 2017 as the opening date for the renovated Roslyn Country Club for residents of the neighborhood of that same name in Roslyn Heights.
Earlier this month, Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Councilman Peter Zuckerman hosted a public meeting at The Wheatley School. Roslyn Heights residents who attended were nearly unanimous in their approval on how the extensive renovation project was progressing.
“The reception at the latest two meetings was very positive, and I thank the community for coming out to be part of our all-inclusive visioning process,” Bosworth said. “The town plans to proceed with the project and the next step will be the subdivision of the property, which will be followed by the sale of the property.”
The Roslyn Country Club is an unincorporated area within the Town of North Hempstead. Although is lies primarily within Roslyn Heights, it borders at points with East Hills and Roslyn Estates. lt contains approximately 730 homes.
The neighborhood is so named because it encircles the old Roslyn Country Club. The club is no longer in operation. It contained a huge swimming pool, tennis courts and other facilities.
The 7.2 acre club, which also contains a separately and active catering facility, was built in the 1950s and the catering facility and remnants of the country club is owned by Manochel Malekan of Corona Realty Holdings. The catering facility remains open to this day.
Several lawsuits were filed by members against Corona because they had easement rights for $100 per year, which provided access to the country club. Corona counter sued the members. When the residents won the lawsuits, Corona closed the club.
Eventually, a plan was considered whereby the property could be sold at a fair price and the Roslyn Country Club resident members could again enjoy its amenities. The catering business would still hold onto 2.7 acres. Taking a pragmatic approach, several members withdrew their claims to easement rights.
Corona was willing to take $2 million for the property, which would be purchased by the Town of North Hempstead. The town would operate it as a Special Park District. As such a district, the club could limit membership to residents of the Roslyn Country Club neighborhood. Also, according to country club officials, there remains space enough for several hundred other Town of North Hempstead residents to become members.
Presently, the property on which the original club once stood is in bad condition. It has not been fully maintained for at least seven years. The elements also took their toll. It would be impractical and undesirable to attempt to restore the old club.
According to current planning, a whole new park/pool complex would be constructed. At the meeting, the new plan was unveiled. A slide presentation by a landscape architect illustrated in colorful renditions what a newly constructed park complex would look like.
The new features will include several heated tennis courts, an indoor community complex that could be used for numerous purposes, and family restrooms, plus complete locker rooms, and a bathhouse. Interestingly, the plan calls for various components of the park to be on higher and/or lower elevations than others.
The plan calls for appropriate parts of the complex to remain open eight months a year.
This 7.2-acre park would be financed by the issuance of a $12.2 million bond. Debt service on the bond would be paid for by homeowners through their property taxes. The amount per home would be determined by its valuated worth. The taxes would run on the average $1,300/house per year. Zuckerman said that the park would increase the value of the homes, thereby offsetting the tax increases.