The Village of Great Neck Plaza is considering a moratorium on hotels, and assisted living and independent living facilities. The moratorium, which will probably be for a one-year period, would allow the village time to observe the operations of the two new assisted living facilities and to then decide whether or not to limit the number of such facilities, as well as limit the number of hotels permitted in Great Neck Plaza. A public hearing to consider the proposal is scheduled for Dec. 2.
At the recommendation of Plaza Public Works Commissioner Harry Perlman, the village will look at the two assisted living facilities now under construction and set to open soon (one at 51 Great Neck Road and one at 96 Cuttermill Road), and the two hotels, the Inn at Great Neck and the Bayberry (which has been sold and is currently being renovated) in order to determine if these types of businesses should be eliminated from the village's C2 zone's list of permitted conditional use permits.
''We need to get a sense of how the two (attended care facilities) are working,'' said Mayor Rosegarten during a discussion at the village's Nov. 18 board meeting, when the public hearing was set down for Dec. 2.
At this time, both types of operations can apply for conditional use permits, and the law even includes incentives for attended care facilities.
At a prior village board of trustees meeting, Mr. Perlman had stated that the village now has a ''sufficient number'' of both attended care facilities and hotels. He termed it ''a good mix,'' and he then urged the board to consider a law. ''We should close the door now,'' he said, ''before we receive any applications.''
At that time, Plaza Mayor Bob Rosegarten had agreed that the ''the mix now seems to be just fine.''
By taking hotels and attended care facilities out of the permitted conditional use category, these operations would become ''prohibited by omission,'' and could only receive a permit by applying to the board of appeals. Currently, the only operation that is ''of right'' in the Plaza's C2 zone is a multiple dwelling with sufficient parking.
The public hearing on this proposed law will be held at the village's next board of trustees meeting---Wednesday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m., at Great Neck Plaza Village Hall at Gussack Plaza.
At the Plaza's Nov. 18 board of trustees meeting Mayor Rosegarten announced that the scheduled public hearings concerning the permit of compliance and conditional use permit, and the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the proposed apartment house at 44 Knightsbridge Road would be adjourned.
Deputy Mayor Jean Celender reported that the village's consultant had reviewed the FEIS and found that there were ''enough discrepancies'' to require the applicant to make a series of revisions before the EIS process is completed. Ms. Celender said that ''many substantive issues'' were either not addressed at all or addressed inadequately.
Following an outline of the deficiencies prepared by the village's consultant, the applicant is now working on the document once again.
One of the issues needing work is the landscaping. Ms. Celender said that an upgrade of the landscaping plan presented at the last board meeting has been requested. She said that the neighbors will lose a lot of open space with the construction of the apartment house, and the village wants to see more trees and flowering bushes, more amenities, ''so the neighbors can have meaningful open space that can be utilized.''
Mayor Rosegarten adjourned the hearings until everyone involved is fully prepared to continue.
At the end of the meeting, Mayor Rosegarten paid tribute to Annette Bergman, the village's former clerk/treasurer who just recently died.
''Her presence will be felt in this village for a long time to come,'' he said, ''She will be missed...she was a nice lady.''
Mayor Rosegarten said that Ms. Bergman had come to her job in Great Neck Plaza in the mid-1970's. ''She was a good lady, a tough lady...she molded a lot of us,'' he said.
Again, Mayor Rosegarten stated, ''Annette was a good lady. She will be missed.''