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Town Board of Zoning Appeals Approves Great Neck Library Variances

Town of North Hempstead spokesperson, Collin Nash, has confirmed that the town’s board of zoning appeals has granted the variances needed for the renovation/expansion of the Great Neck Library at Main. The next step in the process is the presentation of a site plan to the town council at a public hearing.

A site plan, as defined by the New York State Department of State, is a process by which a municipality, in this case the town, takes a long view of the proposal’s physical, social and economic effects on the community. Items of concern may be “means of access, parking, landscaping, buffers, architectural features, location of structures, impact on adjacent land uses and other elements related to the health, safety and general welfare of the community.”

We received the following statement from library board trustee Martin Sokol who is the chairperson of the building committee: “Approval from the BZA is welcomed news and an important, long sought milestone has been achieved. A new phase in the process to renovate our library will soon begin.

 “I intend to schedule a public meeting of the building committee as soon as possible to discuss what immediate further steps are necessary to move this process forward. Residents can be assured deliberations regarding the renovation will be open to the public with total transparency. This is only the beginning of a very exciting time for our library and community.”