Hempstead Town Mobile Building Department Assists Sandy Victims, Helpful Satellite Office Coming to a Location Near You

The Hempstead Town Mobile Building Department is on the road again, setting up its one-stop shop at 12 convenient locations over the course of three weeks. Under the direction of Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the Town Board, this mobile office provides victims of Hurricane Sandy with important Building Department services, including the distribution and processing of permit applications, as well as the opportunity to meet with an on-site Plans Examiner.

Many Sandy victims have utilized the helpful services provided by the Mobile Building Department, which has visited several communities in the wake of the Superstorm. 

“The aftermath of Sandy has truly been difficult for many of our residents,” Murray said. “We want to do everything we can to assist neighbors as they work hard to rebuild after the Superstorm and return to normalcy.”

At each scheduled visit, the Mobile Building Department will be available for Sandy-affected residents from noon to 6PM:

            Thursday, April 25: Merrick Road Park, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick
                                                Town Park Point Lookout, Lido Blvd., Point Lookout

            Saturday, April 27:  Seaman’s Neck Park, 2700 S. Seaman’s Neck Road, Seaford
                                                Oceanside Park, 3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside

            Thursday, May 2:    Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence
                                               Hewlett Point Park, 130 Hewlett Point Avenue, Bay Park

            Saturday, May 4:    Terrace Gardens Park, Carvel Place and Sheridan Blvd., InwooD
                                               Shell Creek Park, Vanderbilt Ave. and Traymore Blvd. Island Park

            Thursday, May 9:   Wantagh Park, 1 King Road, Wantagh
                                               Baldwin Park, 3232 S. Grand Avenue, Baldwin Harbor

            Saturday, May 11:  Newbridge Road Park, 2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore
                                               North Woodmere Park, 750 Hungry Harbor Road, Valley Stream

Initially established in the aftermath of Sandy, Murray and the Town Board extended deadlines on helpful Building Department programs that assist residents as they rebuild and restore their homes. That includes the deadline within which homeowners can secure building permits for Sandy-related repairs without incurring permit fees. Now through June 1, 2013, Building Department fees are waived for Sandy-related structural repairs that conform to original dimensions and specifications, commonly referred to as “in-kind” repairs/replacement. Additionally, all permit fees have been waived for temporary housing trailers and storage pods during construction.

What’s more, the town has also eliminated a requirement for homeowners to obtain a variance prior to increasing their home’s foundation height to comply with FEMA flood standards. Waived Building Department fees will save residents up to $2,500 for a permit. Building permits are required for all structural repairs and alterations within the Town of Hempstead. The Building Department’s Plan Examiners are available Monday through Friday, with extended hours from 8AM to 6PM. For more information, call the Building Department Sandy Helpline at (516) 801-5642.