Anthony Bartone, managing partner of Terwilliger & Bartone Properties.

A wrecking crew began demolishing on Tuesday the Capri Motor Inn in Lynbrook to make way for Cornerstone at Yorkshire, a new luxury apartment building that will be built in its place.

After a lengthy debate about the size of the project, the Village of Lynbrook approved a proposal by Terwilliger & Bartone Properties, a Farmingdale-based real estate development company, to build housing in place of the motel on Freer Street, which drew years of complaints from the community.

“It’s a great day for Lynbrook,” said Steve Wengel, executive director of the Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a great marriage because it gets rid of a blight that’s been in our community for a lot of years and many mayors have tried to eliminate it, and [allows] for Terwilliger & Bartone to step in and create something that’s great and knock down something that’s not so great.” 

Lynbrook Mayor Alan Beach cheered the demolition of the motel and coming construction of new housing, which he said will stimulate the economy, promote commerce, and boost the community tax base.

“That’s what Lynbrook’s about: Giving the best,” Beach said. 

The Cornerstone at Yorkshire is marketed as a luxurious living community, with 80 one- and two-bedroom housing units sporting modern features, such as stainless appliances and quartz countertops. The Cornerstone will also have an on-site property management team and super, designed to maintain the upkeep of the fitness center, club room, and courtyard. The residential community is expected to begin leasing during summer 2021 and open in fall 2021.

Richard Kessel, chairman of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, said groundbreaking ceremony for the project is a bit of needed good news amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Now, especially, with what’s going on in the world,” he said, “people are going to need housing, and this is the perfect place to do it.”

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