November – Property Closing
On Thursday, November 20th, 2014 His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, His Grace Bishop Andonios, along with members of the St. Michael’s Board of Trustees – President Haeda Mihaltses, Nikitas Drakotos, Peter Lambros, Catherine Bartzos, Constantine Rogdakis and Nicholas Tjartjalis met at the offices of Ruskin, Moscou, Faltischek in Uniondale for the closing on the property located at 1220 Front Street, Uniondale, Long Island (NY). The purchase of this property from the Rockville Center Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church brings St. Michael’s a step closer to realizing its dream of an expanded facility able to house more residents and offer higher levels of care.
As part of the agreement which had been reached in June 2013, the Home had certain contingencies included to assure that approvals from the local zoning board were secured before finalizing the $7,000,000 purchase of the 11 acre site. After months of tireless work by the Board and the hiring of consultants, our application for these special approvals was finally reviewed on September 4, 2014, by the Board of Appeals of the Town of Hempstead and shortly thereafter, we were notified that our use of the property as a continuum care facility has been granted.
Once completed, the new Home will offer 26 independent living one-bedroom apartments, assisted and 46 adult living studio units (each with a private bathroom), a dementia wing housing 30 residents and another wing with 16 nursing home beds as well as plenty of ancillary space needed to provide not only the appropriate care for its residents but a very pleasant and fulfilling environment..
The present structure already includes a chapel with a seating capacity of 400 people and which can easily be converted into a Greek Orthodox house of worship. The Uniondale site, centrally located on Long Island, is in close proximity to a high concentration of Greek Orthodox faithful and parishes and also is easily accessible to those other areas from which we draw our residents i.e., the five boroughs of New York City, lower Westchester, etc. Most importantly, there are 2 major medical facilities, Winthrop University Hospital and Mercy Medical Center, nearby.