McDonald’s is almost on standby for Nassau hub reconstruction

UNIONDALE, NY — The McDonald’s restaurant at the busy intersection of Hempstead Turnpike and Uniondale Avenue will face the proverbial wrecking ball so the multinational fast-food company can build a new drive-thru-centric facility.

McDonald’s Corporation has submitted an application to the City of Hempstead Zoning Appeal Board to demolish the existing restaurant, at 1110 Hempstead Tpke., and build a new facility to serve more customers. The proposal was approved following the February 16 zoning board hearing.

“The Board of Zoning Appeals has approved the construction with conditions, although our lawyer is still drafting the decision and it will be released this weekend or early next week,” said Matthew Capp, a spokesperson for the town, at Patch.

The existing 3,373-square-foot, 92-seat restaurant will be replaced with a modern, 56-seat, 3,949-square-foot building with side-by-side drive-thru. Uniondale Avenue, the reconfigured double drive-thru will allow 14 vehicles.

“The purpose of the app was to make room for the new side-by-side drive-thru,” said Matthew Ingber, a Melville attorney. Brown Altman & DiLeo who represented McDonald’s Corporation at the zoning board hearing. “With a new business model that’s more drive-thru, they can have fewer seats in the restaurant, as long as the drive-thru can handle more cars.”

Ingber said site operator McDonald’s knocked on several doors of nearby residents to inform them of the rebuilding plans.

The existing restaurant is scheduled to be demolished in August, with the new restaurant tentatively expected to open by the end of 2022, Ingber said.

Once the site of a Roy Rogers restaurant, the busy McDonald’s is located across from Hofstra University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Nassau Ambulatory Hospital and the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The arena will be the central building of the ongoing redevelopment project dubbed the Nassau Hub. With construction on the 77-acre site slated to begin this year, the Hub will include housing, experiential retail and a Northwell Health research and development center.

Chris B. Hall