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Public Hearing August 9, 2016, Main Street Theatre LLC

A work session was held by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Babylon on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016.  On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried, the meeting opened at 5:20 p.m.  On the motion of Trustee Davida, seconded by Trustee Adams and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD IN THE BOARDROOM

153 WEST MAIN STREET, BABYLON, NEW YORK ON TUESDAY,

AUGUST 9th, 2016

PRESENT:

Mayor Ralph Scordino

Trustee Kevin Muldowney

Trustee Debbie Basile

Trustee Tony Davida

Trustee Mary Adams

Attorney Joel Sikowitz

Meeting opened at 7:00 p.m.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Trustee Muldowney.

The Village Clerk read the Legal Notice:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Babylon will hold a Public Hearing at 153 West Main Street, on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as can be heard, to consider the application of Mark Perlman, Principal of Main Street Theatre Partners LLC, to operate a theatre and performing arts center at 34 West Main Street, formerly the Babylon Cinema.

Copy of application and plans may be examined at the office of the Village Clerk, between the hours of 10am and 4pm Monday through Friday.

All interested persons should appear at the above time and place and they will be given the opportunity to be heard.  All applicants and their duly appointed representatives must appear in person at the above hearing.

Property:         [Section 14 / Block 1 / Lot 11]

Main Street Theatre (previously Babylon Cinema)

34 W. Main Street

Babylon, NY  11702

Applicant:

Mark Pearlman, Principal

Main Street Theatre Partners, LLC

3913 Elayne Court

Seaford, NY  11783

Attorney representing Applicant:

Diana C. Prevete, Esq.

Albanese & Albanese, LLP, 1050 Franklin Ave., Garden City, NY 11530

Engineer for Parking Anaylsis:

Phil Cimino

PSC Engineering, 3 Eddy Drive, Huntington Station, NY  11746

Architect:

Mario R. Vergara

Mario R. Vergara PC, 200 Jericho Tpke., Floral Park, NY 11001

Attorney Diana Prevete explained to the Board her client’s intentions for the proposed theatre and performing arts center at 34 W. Main Street.  She indicated that purchase of the theater is contingent upon Board approval. 

Anticipated construction for the new theater would take approximately 4 to 6 months, and includes interior renovations and rehabilitating the marquis outside.  Strong sound-proofing would be incorporated for both internal and external benefit. The proposal includes two concession stands serving food and alcohol, one on the ground floor and one on the mezzanine level. [Alcohol would only be served to theater patrons and would be limited before the end of the shows.] This would be an equity year-round theater, with actors from the actors union, and would be similar to the John Engeman Theater in Northport Village.

The proposed hours are:  Sunday & Monday–10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Tuesday & Wednesday–10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday–10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.*

(*The applicant is proposing approximately 24 Midnight shows on Friday and Saturday Evenings, but would be flexible as to the exact number.)

The 8:00 p.m. shows would conclude at approximately 11:00- 11:30 p.m., with just the House staff and cleaning crews remaining after the show.

Peak nights are Fridays and Saturdays; there would be matinee shows at 3:00 p.m. on weekends and Holidays. Weekend Children’s Theatre would be held from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, with shows geared toward children and shows in which children could perform.  Theater Art classes would be held from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the week with approximately 20 children per class.  There would be six major performances (musicals, etc.) in the calendar schedule, with smaller types of events (concerts, comedians, film festival, etc.) scheduled around the production schedule.  [The applicant assured the Board that any concerts scheduled would be smaller types of concerts, and would NOT be like those held at the Paramount in Huntington Village.]

They anticipate having approximately 9 full-time employees (Box Office, Security, etc.), and depending on the show, approximately 40 part-time employees (actors, musicians, stage hands, etc.) 

The loading area for sets and equipment would be on the West side of the building; the intention is to schedule delivery and pick-ups during a time when the adjacent stores are not operational.

A parking analysis, completed after surveying Friday and Saturday evening, did not include on-street parking spaces, only Municipal parking areas.  Many of the actors, directors, stage hands, etc. would be coming from NY City via the Long Island Railroad and the applicant would provide a shuttle for those employees.  The applicant would encourage patrons to utilize Municipal lots, and discourage on-street parking.

A letter from the Babylon Industrial Development Agency was submitted to the Board, in which the IDA expressed their strong support of this project and their intentions to extend incentive benefits, including PILOT tax payments.

The meeting was opened to the public: The residents listed below approached the Board; although they support the idea of the theatre, they expressed concerns over issues regarding parking, noise, and the proposed hours and quantity of late night shows.

Jack Finkenberg, 25 Prospect Street

Brandon Roig, 31 Prospect Street [submitted information from Patchogue Theater]

Karen Finkenberg, 25 Prospect Street

Valerie Basile, 34 S. Carll Ave.

Lauren Harper-Rollins, 16 Nehring Ave.

Jennifer Netter, 17 Prospect Street

Corinne Roig, 31 Prospect Street

On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to reserve decision.

Meeting adjourned 8:50 p.m.

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Village Clerk

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