The Village of Westbury’s downtown revitalization efforts will get a boost with the opening of its new parking garage next month.
The $23 million, three-and-a-half story parking structure, built by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as part of its Third Track project, is slated to open on Monday, August 9. It can accommodate 676 vehicles, with additional surface parking on the north side of the Westbury Long Island Rail Road station adding another 107 spots.
The village, which owns the property, leased it to the MTA for the project. Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro said though the garage primarily serves commuters, it was located on the northern end of the property by Scally Place so that it could be utilized by people patronizing downtown businesses on nights and weekends.
“The village has long had the goal of creating parking not only for our residents, but also for other commuters who use the Westbury LIRR station,” Cavallaro said. “We were experiencing capacity constraints when it came to parking around the train station. The development of the garage nearly doubles the available parking at the station.”
The mayor said that 376 spots in the new garage and the 107 adjacent surface parking spots are reserved for village residents, while 300 spaces in the garage will be available to non-resident commuters at a cost of $6 a day.
The new Westbury garage will serve to replace some of the parking that will be lost when the MTA redevelops its surface lot on the south side of the Westbury LIRR station.
The MTA is currently considering responses from the request for proposals it issued last year for a development to be built on the south lot. The MTA is offering a 99-year ground lease on the 1.6-acre site, where it is seeking to locate a transit-oriented project with “mixed-use multifamily residential and public open space with retail or commercial elements,” according to an MTA statement.
Westbury enacted new transit-oriented zoning in Dec. 2019 that covers about 50 acres around its train station and village officials are expecting the rezoning will spawn several new redevelopment projects that could result in as many as 1,500 new units of multifamily housing.
The new zoning is one of seven projects that have been largely funded by the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant Westbury received from the state in 2016. Another of the DRI-funded projects currently underway is a $3.5 million streetscape improvement program that will bring new LED lighting, new pedestrian crosswalks, benches, parking meters and plantings.
The first project under the new zoning that’s in front of the village for approvals is a $25 million transit-oriented apartment complex called Cornerstone at Westbury from Terwilliger & Bartone Properties. A public hearing on the proposal, a four-story, 72-unit rental building that would replace an industrial building at 461 Railroad Ave., is scheduled for August 19.