Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00(Editors Note: The following letter was sent to Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilwoman Maria-Christina Poons and to the Manhasset Press for publication.)
I will be unable to attend the July 19 Town Board Meeting and I would like to express my opposition to the proposed change in zoning of Section 3, Block 220 in Manhasset [formerly the Village Bath Club].
I live directly east from this lot and I have witnessed numerous attempts to turn this area into an office building, a recreation center and now a parking lot. This area is zoned for residence and it is contiguous to homes on the west, east and south. As such, it should remain residential and not be “down-zoned” to parking. By allowing it to become a parking lot, you will be introducing a commercial entity into a beautiful community of homes. Such an act will reduce residential property values in the area. It will increase traffic congestion on The Gate and it will certainly not increase the quality of air our children breathe. Furthermore, it will create a dangerous precedent that could allow other residential areas on my block to rezone and become extra parking space for the commercial venues on Northern Boulevard.
A change in zones would not be beneficial for the citizens of Manhasset. It would only benefit the owners of the Daffy’s property by creating more parking spots, and allowing them to expand their existing building. The lot in question is surrounded by homes, it is zoned for homes and it would be a great spot for more homes in Manhasset. Please keep it that way.
Frank Evanov MD