The space, in the building formerly known as i.Park, is named after Gerald, Elliot, Marilyn and Ruth Monter, whose Monter Family Foundation gave a $10 million donation to the North Shore-LIJ system. North Shore-LIJ CEO Michael Dowling, after the opening, said the idea was to continue to bring cancer care to Long Islanders, who often must travel to Manhattan for similar services.
"This investment eliminates any reason for patients on Long Island or in Queens to commute to Manhattan to access renowned oncologists and the latest treatment options," Dowling said.
The center includes the 11,000-square-foot Phyllis and Stanley Kreitman Chemotherapy Center, equipped with 32 private treatment spaces. It also houses physician offices, social work and support services, nutrition counseling, a bone marrow-stem cell transplant program, a patient education center, a cafÄ‚Â© and a conference room with teleconferencing.
Cost: Not disclosed
Architect: Joseph Matthews
Quality King Distributors Inc. is busy building a massive 560,000-square-foot headquarters and distribution facility in N. Bellport, Yaphank. The firm is consolidating work from sites in Ronkonkoma, Deer Park and Hicksville in its new home, being constructed by Melville-based West Rack Contracting Corp. based on designs by architect Joseph Matthews.
General Counsel Alfred Paliani said the firm eyed locations off Long Island, but the Nussdorf family - founders and owners of the company - decided they wanted to keep its base in the area.
"We did a search and the family ultimately decided that they wanted to be in Long Island," Paliani said. "They have long roots in the community and many long-term employees who they didn't want to leave high and dry. "
Construction on the 37-acre site started in March 2005 and continued throughout 2006. One of Long Island's most massive projects in years, the Brookhaven Industrial Park effort is slated to finish by the end of this summer.
The new operation is expected to bring more than 1,000 jobs to Yaphank, providing an infusion of employees who will use stores, gas stations, delis and restaurants, potentially leading to economic growth.
Size: 92,000 square feet
Cost: $35 million
Developer: Rallye Group
Architect: HLW International
It isn't an average year when a car dealership makes the ranks of the biggest construction projects on Long Island, but Rallye BMW in Westbury isn't an average dealership.
Construction on the new, $35 million, 92,000-square-foot facility began in 2004 and wrapped up in January. The dealership includes 60 service bays and a four-level garage totaling 4 acres, and that's just the beginning. The facility at 1 Brush Hollow Road also includes a cafÄ‚Â©, BMW Boutique and car wash (free for BMW customers). Naturally, it has wireless Internet and workstations as well as a children's playroom.
The glass-and-metal building has a futuristic look designed to be luxurious, just like the automobiles it sells. The idea is to position Rallye as the ultimate dealer for the ultimate driving machine; the facility even looks a bit like a stretch of a racecar track, where drivers could pull in for service before heading out again.
Peter Terian founded the Rallye Group in 1958 to service imported cars. Along with George Moss, he later set up a Maserati franchise in Sea Cliff. Rallye relocated to Glen Cove and then to Roslyn in 1987, where the two built a Mercedes-Benz and BMW facility.
In 1989, they renovated the Glen Cove facility to include Lexus offerings. Rallye in Westbury is now being billed as one of the biggest BMW dealerships nationwide.
Former Saks building
1300 Franklin Ave.,
Size: 115,000 square feet
Cost: Not disclosed
Developer: Alfred Weissman Real Estate Inc.
Architect: John Seifert
You will soon be able to swim and see doctors where Long Islanders once shopped
If the Saks Fifth Avenue store at 1300 Franklin Ave. in Garden City had an illustrious past, the site - acquired by Yonkers-based Alfred Weissman Real Estate Inc. - now appears to have a healthy future. Mineola-based Winthrop-University Hospital and Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness together will fill about two-thirds of the three-story, 115,000-square-foot former department store; the new name for the site will be the Winthrop Wellness Pavilion.