By Danny Schrafel
All that’s left are building and demo permits, and TD Bank will be breaking ground in Elwood.
Conditional site plan approval has been awarded to the Cherry Hill, N.J.-based firm to build a new location at 1941 Jericho Turnpike, at the intersection of Jericho and Elwood Road near the Dix Hills line.
“I think TD bank has done everything we asked them to do, including signage,” Planning Board Chairman Paul Mandelik said during a Feb. 25 meeting.
TD plans to knock down an existing 14,250 square-foot strip mall and build a new, LEED-certified 2,550 square-foot bank with three drive-through lanes.
At an earlier session on Feb. 10, board members signed off on waiving vehicle stacking limits. Town code requires room to “stack” 20 cars waiting in line at the drive-through, but the plans accepted that night by the board provided room for 10.
The board also signed off on a monument sign to be installed.
TD’s Elwood proposal, which is expected to open in 2016, is one of several in the hopper for the firm in the near future; other future locations include 460 Pulaski Road in Greenlawn and Walt Whitman Road in Melville at the former home of the Rosewood Inn restaurant. A Huntington village branch opened in August 2013.
Lisa Sawicki, TD’s vice president for Corporate Communications, said there’s no firm date set to open those three locations, but plans are moving forward.
“We look forward to providing more information in the future, and to providing residents with a truly unique and convenient place to bank,” she said.
With final approvals near, tenants of the shopping center are getting ready to relocate.
Some, like Elwood Wine & Liquor, have already moved to other storefronts in the shopping center, but closer now to Elwood Road and the library. Mozzarella’s Pizza at 1957 Jericho Turnpike, is moving to a larger space within the center as well. Meanwhile, others, like Cozy Nails, have moved to other storefronts.