There's a lot of action on the site that once housed Roosevelt raceway. Developer Beechwood Organization broke ground in August of 2005 on Meadowbrooke Pointe Athletic Club and Spa, a $400 million gated condominium community; while the first units were ready for occupancy in October 2006, the 720-unit community for residents age 55 and older is being built in seven phases, and work on the 51-acre development is slated to continue through 2009.
Beechwood's principal, Michael Dubb, grew up near the racetrack and owned horses that raced there. After the track closed, the land was originally zoned for office, but was rezoned for senior housing to meet a Nassau County need.
Meadowbrooke Pointe centers around a $12 million, 25,000-square-foot clubhouse called the Equestrian Club, with an indoor pool, sauna, steam rooms, fitness center and day spa. The development is slated to include two outdoor pools and a one-mile walking/hiking trail. Harkening back to the site's equestrian past, streets bear names such as Harness Drive and Trotting Lane.
Melville Corporate Center III
Size: 133,000 square feet
Cost: $30 million
Developer: T. Weiss Realty
Architect: Young & Young with interior by TPG
T. Weiss Real Estate President Ted Weiss already knows who one of his tenants will be for the Melville Corporate Center III at 324 S. Service Road. His firm will anchor the four-story, 133,000-square-foot structure from within, filling 6,500 square feet on the ground floor.
"We've been the first tenant in most of our buildings," Weiss said. "We like to move into them, use it as a showroom. Typically, it just acts to give confidence to the tenants that are moving in to know that the landlord is there. "
Weiss's office will include a sales area for marketing and presentations on this building and other projects.
Weiss, who started construction in March 2006 and plans to complete it this month, said the project, including $7 million for the land, cost about $30 million. This is his firm's fourth Melville building.
Riverhead-based Young & Young designed the building, while interior design is by TPG of Melville.
Weiss said he expects some tenants to move in from his other buildings and new tenants, and said he's been selective in the tenancy mix. Early on, he said, he had a chance to move medical companies into the building, but chose not to.
"That's not what we're looking for," Weiss said.
Weiss may soon find himself based in another building. Another new office building may be in the works, he said, and "I always like to be in the newest building. "
Mercy Medical Center
Size: 100,000 square feet
Cost: $40 million
Developer: Mercy Medical Center
Architect: Angelo Corva and Associates
Mercy Medical Center's new north building is big enough to be a whole new hospital.
The 100,000-square foot structure, designed by Angelo Corva and Associates and built by Eugene Racanelli and Racanelli Construction, was funded by bonds and bank financing. Work started on the $40 million project in 2003 and finished in February 2006.
Mercy spokesman Mel Granick said the construction "modernized Mercy's facilities," replacing outdated hospital rooms with state-of-the-art facilities. The hospital expansion - which started out as a skilled nursing facility before being reworked - is a sign of a changing health-care landscape and part of a health-care brick-and-mortar boom.
"The patient needs changed in terms of the population of Long Island," Granick said.
The shiny new facility - with 160 new acute care beds at 1000 North Village Ave. in Rockville Centre - is part of a trend in which hospitals work not only to provide topnotch care, but do it in a better environment.
Mercy's north pavilion offers more natural light, private rooms and colors and finishes the hospital says are designed to encourage relaxation and promote healing. The structure also includes telemetry, up-to-date information systems and comfortable beds designed to prevent falls and help nursing staff monitor patients.
Monter Cancer Center
Size: 37,000 square feet
Cost: $17 million
Developer: North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System