Farkas said proximity to the Meadowbrook Parkway and Stewart Avenue are selling points, while his ability to negotiate tax benefits with the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency didn't hurt.
"It's a good situation for everybody," he said of Lifetime's arrival. "Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead kept an important tenant. The building lived up to its potential. "
The center, whose tenants also include Home Medical Equipment and Angion Biomedica, is "filling a void in a sector that doesn't have much competition," Farkas added.
The Hampton Inn
Size: 143 rooms
Cost: Not disclosed
Developer: OTO Development
Architect: STV Inc.
This 143-room hotel property, owned by Spartanburg, S.C.-based OTO Development, opened in October 2006, part of a wave of limited-service hotels washing over Long Island.
But many of these limited-service properties opened in Suffolk. This is in Nassau.
OTO was launched in 2004 by veteran hoteliers Wayne Huizenga and George D. Johnson Jr., founder and former CEO of Extended Stay America. The firm's goal is to "build premier select-service and extended-stay hotels in certain high-barrier to entry U.S. markets," such as Long Island. Among its well-known properties are Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn and Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, Residence Inn, Courtyard and Springhill Suites. OTO has already lined up 33 hotel license agreements for hotels worth more than $500 million.
Size: 132 rooms
Cost: $10 million
Developer: Applecare Hotels/La Quinta
Architect: Baldassano Architectural Group
LaQuinta Inn & Suites - a 132-room, four-story, limited-services hotel complete with meeting rooms, a spa, and exercise facilities - opened in 2006. Hauppauge-based Tritec Building Co. constructed the 70,000-square-foot hotel, while Baldassano Architectural Group served as architect.
The first LaQuinta Inn & Suites on Long Island, this also becomes the latest hotel to open near Long Island MacArthur Airport. Applecore Hotels developed the hotel, now owned and run by La Quinta itself.
The building has a panelized wood-frame structure with a facade of EFIS and brick. It's also connected to an on-site, 15,000-GPD sewage treatment facility, built by Tritec.
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
New Hyde Park
Size: multiple projects
Cost: $104 million
Developer: North Shore-LIJ
Architect: Ewing Cole, Swanke Hayden Connell
It's been a busy year at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and not just in the emergency room.
LIJ Medical Center, in a few months, plans to finish a $27.5-million surgical and cardiothoracic intensive care unit, complete with 40 new ICU beds in private rooms. The privacy, the hospital said, should not only increase comfort, but help reduce the risk of infection.
The new beds, occupying 21,000 square feet, create a unit with 72 ICU beds, roughly 15 percent of the hospital's medical and surgical beds.
A spokesman said that LIJ hasn't had enough critical care beds, and the demand for intensive-care facilities has tripled in recent years because of the aging of the region's population.
LIJ in June, meanwhile, hopes to finish the first phase of its $46.5 million emergency department expansion, more than doubling the size of LIJ's current, emergency department to 36,000 square feet.
More than 62,000 patients sought emergency treatment at the hospital in 2004, in a space designed to accommodate 30,000. The hospital estimates that number will rise to as many as 75,000 annual patients within a decade.
The new emergency department will include 60 private treatment areas, including what the hospital has dubbed "fast track" rooms for patients with less-severe injuries and illnesses. It also will include space for pediatric and adult psychiatric patients.
In 2006, the hospital also began a $30 million effort to build a seven-story parking garage with capacity for 1,100 vehicles. That project, slated to finish in spring of 2008, is being built by Bovis Construction.
Size: 700 units
Cost: $400 million
Developer: Beechwood Organization