From Central Park Historical Society Encyclopedia
In 1989 Grumman Corp. announced its plan to the Bethpage Community for the development of 200 acres of its Bethpage site as an office, hotel, retail center. Time has come when test flying planes was coming to an end and the existing runways were to be closed. It is time to think about how best to develop this land for the benefit of Grumman and the community. Grumman would be acting as the anchor tenant and would remain the owner of this 200 acre plot which is a subdivision of their 600 acre site. At least six five star corporations are interested in this endeavor. The Bethpage community voice strong opposition for this proposal citing concerns over the plans for the hotel, traffic and safety, retail space impacting our downtown, the effect on property values, and quality of life in Bethpage. After extensive research and the largest environmental impact study in the State of New York the project never took off. In 1994 the Northrop Corporation of California purchased Grumman, and eventually the property was sold for various business. Today senior citizen housing, Sunnylane and Apollo, are located on what was once the Grumman runways.
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