Neighboring residents of the Port Washington Police District said they are “relieved” to hear that the district is selling a Derby Road property officials purchased months ago and considered turning into a parking lot.
“It’s a huge weight off our shoulders,” said James Marotta, who lives on the street. “Everyone is just grateful and ecstatic. … [It’s] a big relief.”
Marotta was among dozens of residents who criticized the police district for failing to inform neighbors of the $780,000 purchase in March of 4 Derby Rd., a property separated from the district’s headquarters on 500 Port Washington Blvd. by a 4-foot-tall fence. The residents also pushed police officials to drop their plan to build a parking lot on their residential block.
Earlier this month, officials said the district had no plans to expand its headquarters onto Derby Road and reiterated their need to revamp the aging headquarters built in 1959.