BY MADELINE ARMSTRONG
Plans for a 55-and-older residence advanced on East Shore Street have been permitted on the Village of Nice Neck Board of Trustees assembly on Dec. 21.
The proposal, outlined on the earlier assembly by Paul Bloom of Harras Bloom & Archer LLP and representatives from Mojo Stumer Associates, features a three-story apartment-style constructing at 265 East Shore Street with an hooked up retail part.
The constructing proposed by the Villadom Corp. will embody 63 residence models and 161 parking stalls for use by residents and retail clients. It was permitted 4-0 with Trustee Eli Kashi not current.
After the positioning plan and architectural plan have been initially introduced to the general public on the earlier assembly, Bloom and Mojo Stumer’s Joe Yacobellis proposed quite a lot of amendments throughout final week’s assembly on behalf of Villadom Corp. and its CEO, Kris Torkan.
One of many modifications to the preliminary plan was a roof amenity proposed to the board. The constructing will solely be three tales excessive, so a leisure roof terrace is being sought. It has not but been decided what sorts of leisure actions will happen on the roof terrace. Nevertheless, as soon as that’s determined, the event group will provide a proposal to the board.
One other modification was a decreased facet yard. At the moment, there’s a requirement for the facet yard to be 15 ft, however Bloom has proposed a plan with a facet yard of solely 12.5 ft. The second modification issues the constructing protection (the world of the lot that should be coated by a constructing). It’s required that the constructing protection is at a most of 35% and the Villadom undertaking has 36% constructing protection.
After the presentation was made, a number of residents voiced issues concerning the undertaking. One resident who lives close to the proposed location requested that bushes be planted on one facet of the constructing in order that it might not hinder the view from her home.
Bloom stated her home was at a better elevation than the constructing, so solely the highest a part of the advanced can be seen from her residence. Moreover, there is no such thing as a room, in accordance with officers, for bushes to be planted in that space.
One other resident persistently requested about school-age youngsters residing within the residence advanced, with issues about potential overcrowding at Nice Neck public colleges. It was then confirmed that the 55-and-up residential housing advanced can legally home youngsters.
Mayor Pedram Bral stated, due to the age restriction, any inflow of Okay-12 college students to the Nice Neck college district shouldn’t be that vital.
“I additionally consider that the quantity of tax income can be considerably greater than the impact of scholars … and it might be a optimistic stability, not detrimental,” he stated.
Plenty of folks have been involved concerning the visitors stream and parking in that space. Parking and visitors on East Shore Street have been a problem for some time and residents stated they consider that this constructing will exacerbate the issue. Though it should present extra parking, many claimed that the spots will all be taken when folks arrive for work.
The argument was made that the 47 parking stalls reserved only for the retail part may have a fast turnover. Moreover, a visitors examine was carried out by VHB and the outcomes didn’t affirm the circumstances being introduced up.
“Until we make your entire space right into a parking zone,” stated Bral, “I don’t know the way we might handle the dearth of parking that exists.”
The positioning the place the residential constructing will likely be constructed was an lively sewage remedy plant for 80 years earlier than it was decommissioned in 2014, in accordance with the Division of Environmental Conservation. This might trigger potential contamination and well being points to these residing on the positioning.
Nevertheless, Louis Massaro, the village public works superintendent, assured the neighborhood that “the village is doing every little thing correctly from an environmental standpoint.”
Bral stated of all choices that may very well be introduced as to what the village might do with the now-vacant property, this proposal has the least quantity of affect on the surroundings and on the varsity district.
The board additionally unanimously permitted varied legal guidelines pertaining to the village’s zoning code. These approvals included correcting the listing of retail companies allowed within the Nice Neck combined use (MU) district, rezoning a portion of property presently a part of the MU district to be within the Waterfront Residential District and to offer the Board of Trustees the ability to set an expiration date or terminate beforehand granted incentive zoning approval.