Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and Councilman Gary Hudes joined the management of The Home Depot to kick-off the demolition of Levittown’s long-vacant Kmart building, which will make way for the development of The Home Depot store at the Hempstead Turnpike, Gardiner’s Avenue property. Also attending the event were Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin.
Once the site of thriving businesses such as Kmart, Borders Books and Office Max, most of structure has languished, vacant for nearly two decades. Over the years, the community actively speculated about the future of the site, located at 3350 Hempstead Turnpike. Speculation ended today as demolition began at the building to make way for the construction of a 114,000 square foot building that will house The Home Depot as well as a 28,000 square foot garden center.
“Hempstead Town and The Home Depot are committed to ‘More Doing’ (The Home Depot slogan) for the betterment of Levittown neighbors and our township,” said Supervisor Santino. “This development will add new luster to the local business district, create good jobs and stimulate our economy. I welcome The Home Depot to Levittown.”
This is the latest in a series of prosperous new developments in the Levittown community. In recent years, several properties in Levittown that had been vacant have been renovated or redeveloped. A new Ford dealership, a new, large CVS, a supermarket, Starbucks and Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology and Saf-T-Swim are just a few of the business boons that have come to Levittown. Hempstead Town has also enhanced business areas in Levittown with streetscape improvements that include brick-paved walkways, Victorian streetlamps, a revamped Veterans Memorial and upgraded decorating of ‘village greens.’
“New, prospering businesses are a benefit to both the neighboring businesses and residents,” said Councilman Hudes. “I have worked closely with the management of The Home Depot for many years to ensure that this long awaited development will come to fruition in harmony with area neighbors.”
Since 1978, The Home Depot has become a standard in home improvement stores with approximately 2,200 retail sites which employee hundreds of thousands of associates.
“We are happy to see this long-vacant eyesore demolished,” concluded Supervisor Santino. “We look forward to seeing the construction of a new business that will bring a large number of jobs to our community.”