Hurricane Sandy’s powerful winds, driving rain and damaging storm surge have long since subsided as the one-month anniversary of the storm approaches, but the devastation remains for many Town of Hempstead homes, properties and low-lying communities. As residents start down the road to recovery here in America’s largest township, Supervisor Kate Murray and the town Building Department have taken numerous steps to help people rebuild their homes, including streamlining the building permitting process, providing door-to-door home inspections and establishing mobile offices throughout the township.
“The Town of Hempstead Building Department has worked tirelessly to inform and assist all residents affected by Hurricane Sandy, helping them to rebuild their homes and get their lives back on track,” stated Murray. “As the town seeks to recover from this storm, our dedicated Building Department staff will continue its work at Hempstead Town Hall and in various mobile offices located throughout the town.”
Actions taken by the town include waiving building permit fees for “in-kind” reconstruction and replacement of Sandy-damaged homes, as well as eliminating a town requirement that homeowners obtain a variance prior to increasing their home’s foundation height to comply with FEMA flood height guidelines. Also, permit fees are waived for homeowners using a temporary trailer during construction.
The Building Department is also conducting door-to-door home inspections pertaining to structural safety, as well as distributing permit applications. What’s more, the Building Department’s Planning Examiners have also extended hours of operation (8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday) and established mobile offices throughout the town, maximizing the department’s reach and efficiency as part of the hurricane-recovery effort. Employees will be on hand to answer questions, provide permit applications and discuss regulations.
Mobile Building Department offices will be at the following locations between the hours of 12-6 p.m. on the indicated dates:
Tuesday, December 4th
Merrick Road Park (2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick)
Newbridge Road Park (2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore)
Wednesday, December 5th
Seamans Neck Park (2700 South Seamans Neck Road, Seaford)
Oceanside Park (3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside)
Thursday, December 6th
Rock Hall Museum (199 Broadway, Lawrence)
Hewlett Bay Point Park (130 Hewlett Point Avenue, Bay Park)
Friday, December 7th
Terrace Gardens Park (Carvel Place and Sheridan Boulevard, Inwood)
Rath Park (849 Fenworth Boulevard, Franklin Square)
Saturday, December 8th
Wantagh Park (1 King Road, Wantagh)
Baldwin Park (3232 South Grand Avenue, Baldwin Harbor)
Monday, December 10th
Point Lookout Town Park (Lido Boulevard, Point Lookout (end of Loop Parkway)
Shell Creek Park (Vanderbilt Avenue and Traymore Boulevard, Barnum Island)
For additional Need-to-Know Information pertaining to post-Hurricane Sandy recovery, please visit http://www.toh.li/hurricane-recovery-information.
“Here in the Town of Hempstead, we understand that residents affected by Hurricane Sandy will need all the help they can get during this difficult time,” concluded Murray. “We are proud to do our part to assist our friends and neighbors as they rebuild their homes and their lives.”