Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray announced the launch of the town’s “Mobile” Town Building Department, to be stationed in several communities between Tuesday, November 6th and Sunday, November 11th. Stationed at 12 locations in 6 days, Hempstead Town’s Building Department staff members will assist residents seeking to rebuild or reconstruct their homes damaged or destroyed by the wrath of Hurricane Sandy.
The Mobile Town Building Department program is an extension of the town’s efforts to help residents struggling after one of Long Island’s worst natural disasters. In response to this storm of historic proportions, Murray directed the Hempstead Town Building Department to waive permit fees for storm-related structural repairs that conform to original dimensions and specifications, commonly referred to as “in-kind” repairs/replacement. Permit fees have also been waived for temporary housing trailers that are often used in the wake of home fires or similar emergencies.
The waived fees will save residents up to $2,500 for a permit. The fee waiver program will run for 6 months from the date of the storm (October 29, 2012). Building permits are required for all structural repairs and alterations to structures within the Town of Hempstead. The Supervisor has also requested that the town’s Board of Appeals waive its fees in relation to replacement and reconstruction of storm-damaged homes. The Chairman of the Board has expressed his support for the plan.
“When Hurricane Sandy hit our area, countless residents were faced with serious damage or destruction to their homes,” Murray said. “At Hempstead Town, we are doing everything we can to assist them as they rebuild their homes and restore their livelihoods after one of the worst storms to ever hit our area.”
Knowledgeable staff members will assist residents with answers to questions related to building permits, inspections, construction and FEMA-related services. Residents can also obtain permit applications from these mobile locations.
From Noon to 6 PM, the Hempstead Town Mobile Building Department will be at the following locations and dates:
Tuesday, November 6
Seaman’s Neck Park, 2700 South Seaman’s Neck Road, Seaford
Shell Creek Park, Vanderbilt Avenue and Traymore Boulevard, Barnum Island
Wednesday, November 7
Hewlett Bay Point Park, 130 Hewlett Point Avenue, Bay Park
Newbridge Road Park, 2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore
Thursday, November 8
Baldwin Park, 3232 South Grand Avenue, Baldwin Harbor
Oceanside Park, 3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside
Friday, November 9
Terrace Gardens Park, Carvel Place and Sheridan Boulevard, Inwood
Merrick Road Park, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick*
Saturday, November 10
Wantagh Park, 1 King Road, Wantagh
Rath Park, 849 Fenworth Boulevard, Franklin Square**
Sunday, November 11
Point Lookout Town Park, Lido Blvd., Point Lookout (at the end of the Loop Parkway)
North Woodmere Park, 750 Hungry Harbor Road, Valley Stream**
Residents applying for building permits will need to furnish a copy of an insurance claim related to the repair/replacement along with architectural plans submitted to the town’s building department.
Town of Hempstead Building Inspectors have also been driving around neighborhoods throughout the township to assist residents, answer questions and distribute permit applications to those seeking to make storm-related repairs. Town residents can also call the Building Department at (516) 812-3073 for further information or to schedule a meeting with a Planning Examiner. To further accommodate residents, the Building Department, regularly open from Monday through Friday from 9AM to 4:45PM, has temporarily extended its hours to 8AM through 6PM.
“The Mobile Town Building Department will offer a convenient resource for homeowners as they seek to repair and rebuild their homes,” Murray said. “Though Sandy left behind a trail of destruction, we will do what we can to help residents on the road to recovery.”
*Updated 11/5/12 4:15 PM
**Updated 11/7/12 11:10AM