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Staller Back To The Drawing Board

This past Fall, Farmingdale village officials approved plans to construct the proposed Staller Project—located at 285 Eastern Parkway in Farmingdale—which will usher in 27 residential housing units. Now, after further discussion with village officials, developers with Staller Associates, Inc. have modified their original renderings to change the once olive-colored facade with steel panels to red brick, to better match the motif of downtown Farmingdale. 


After discussing the initial proposal with several residents, some of whom did not feel the cold steel panels were a good fit with some of the surrounding buildings, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said he contacted the Hauppague-based developers to find a way to better compliment the community. 


“The village appreciates the Staller Associates for grabbing the bull by the horns and changing their designs,” Ekstrand said.


Since the plans were already approved, Staller did not need to redraft their designs, but did so to appease residents in the village. In addition, their latest designs try to match the exterior of the building with an over 100-year-old brick warehouse, adjacent to the property. 


Glancing back-and-forth between the two designs, Building Superintendent Steve Fellman said he prefers the new brick design versus the bland olive color initially proposed. 


“There was no architectural relationship,” Fellman said.

Fellman pointed out that by changing the aesthetics of the facade, the building would jibe better with the neighboring warehouse as well as some of the other post-WWII residential properties around the village. 


While the exterior of the project changed from the original proposal, the project still encompasses construction of a 3-and-a-half story building that contains 40,000 square feet split among 27 rental apartments. Of the residential units slated for construction, 10 percent—or approximately 2-3 units—will be affordable housing. In addition the village provided a variance for offsite parking for new residents. 


“We can’t wait to see you start on the development,” Ekstrand said. 


Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, 1,100 military veterans and Gold Star families in Farmingdale will have to wait for their tax break until next year.


The Farmingdale School District is among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, school board trustees uanimously voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year. 

In the aftermath of a fatal carbon monoxide leak at Legal Seafoods in Huntington, the Village of Farmingdale passed new legislation requiring all residential and commercial properties carry a carbon monoxide detector. 


“The whole idea behind this is public safety,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.


On April 7, Farmingdale Trustees unanimously voted to amend village code as a proactive measure to prevent future harm from carbon monoxide poisioning.   


The Farmingdale Devils  U10 Travel Baseball team defeated the West Islip Gold team 11-6 to win the Bayport Bash baseball tournament last weekend. The Devils swept both games on Saturday to advance to the championship game. In the championship The Devils struck for four runs in the first inning. Nick Napolitano and Nick Disanti  started it off with singles and were driven home by Gavin Weinstock’s 200 foot blast off the left field wall. Timmy Purack and Matt Brandimarte followed with run scoring singles and the Devils were on their way to their first title of 2014. Nicholas Napolitano pitched three solid inning for the win. The Devils will now compete in the Half Hollow Invitational Spring Tournament. 


— Submitted by The Farmingdale Devils

The Dalers Boys Varsity Lacrosse team (3-2) are putting their best foot forward, after losing two games this season.  


On March 25, the Dalers took their home turf to face the Lynbrook Owls. During the game, the Dalers Tom McPartland and Chris Brown each scored two goals, while goalies Matt Deluca and Scott dePalmer racked up a total of 11 saves. Despite the valiant effort, the Dalers lost to Lynbrook High School 11-7. 


The Dalers are currently 3-2 this season. Their next game will be held on April 17 at Long Beach. 


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