The construction of Harbor House is impacting residents along Orchard and Prospect Streets. Employees and visitors are using the streets for parking. Their Oyster Bay Manor parking lots have become construction sites.
The Oyster Bay Civic Association continues to be a good conduit of information about Island Properties. Marie Knight, acting as president of the Oyster Bay Civic Association until Tim Archdeacon returns to the post in May, said during a lunch with Abraham Poznanski he told her Island Properties is still deciding exactly what to do with the Hallock property. It will either be an assisted living facility or a medical building. The project may include a spa or gym.
It will either way be the first property they develop. If it is an assisted living facility it will have 50 units. The original Hallock ALF called for 112 units but used the lot on Burtis Avenue for more needed parking space.
At the present time the Oyster Bay Funeral Home is leasing part of the Hallock location between the American Legion and the Gulf station.
The American Legion will have space in their former digs. Jerritt Gluck has completed his renovation work to repair water damage in the building. IP is still in the discussion process of having the Knights of Columbus move into 120 South Street. Nothing is definite as yet.
Ms. Knight reported on the work of the Sanitation Committee. In response to residents complaints about garbage left out for collection on the sidewalks a pilot project will go from the Book Mark Café on South Street to the Doubleday Senior Center, along East Main Street. The town will pick up garbage at the back doors of those businesses. The OBCA asks that any one seeing garbage left out call the OBCA hotline at 922-5068.
At the same time, the committee is planning to buy 60 garbage containers, like the ones Town Hall gave them last year. They cost $598 each and the OBCA is getting a quantity discount of $32,792. The cost will be shared between a grant from NYS Senator Carl Marcellino, the Town of Oyster Bay and Island Properties.
The OBCA is also working on the streetscape with the town. They are concerned with the bricks and cement on the streets that need repair.
John Walsh said they have gotten over 400 phones from the community for the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence project, and the box at the library was full again. "I'm going back to the library tomorrow to get them. This is great," he said. "It's a great project we will support as long as possible."
Jerritt Gluck said Nick LaBella is working on a logo for Oyster Bay that will be used on a brochure they are making up for the OBCA.
Jane London reported on her visit to the United Civics of North Oyster Bay. They held an organic gardening symposium on Feb. 8 at the Seaman School in Jericho. They were planning a rally Tuesday night in Plainview against the proposed Home Depot. There is nothing new happening on the Underhill property. At SUNY Old Westbury she reported the contractor was thrown off the job for substandard work.
The United Civic is concerned that although residents voted for the environmental bond act, no committee has been set up as yet.
In Locust Valley, the Middle River developer has reduced the number of houses planned as a result of pressure to save the creek there.
A new traffic count was being taken on Jan. 22 in the area of Mill River Road at Lexington and West Main Street areas for the development of the Lizza property.
They are proposing 66 units at the top of Underhill Road and Mill River Road. The plan is to make Underhill Road a cul-de-sac and take over the road at the top to join different Lizza lots into one large unit to use the town's Golden Age Zone. The site plan was sent back to them by the town, two months ago for revision.
The units are for people over age 62 and will sell for $149,000 up.
It is important to note that when notice of the public hearing arrives, it is the one hearing the town holds on the proposal. Then it is up to the town board and the Department of Planning and Development to make a determination on the plan.
The OBCA is watching the traffic congestion at the Roosevelt School in the mornings and afternoons when parents deliver and pick up their children. The police are doing a survey of the traffic. The school sent letters home about the project.
Bob McEvoy suggested the OBCA have the police put up one of their traffic speed units on Route 106 in the vicinity of the Vernon School because of cars speeding up the hill.
The OBCA is working on parking issues too. A member asked why the town can't at least paint stripes in the town parking lot.
Residents are concerned with parking on Orchard Street while construction of Harbor House goes on. A resident complained about work starting at 7 a.m. but the workers arrive earlier and sit in their cars with the engines running, they work six days a week the amount of dust being generated by construction resulting in dust in the house, not being able to use their backyard, and employees and visitors parking all over Orchard and Prospect including illegal parking. One person has been parking by a no parking sign for the last six months.
Now residents of Orchard Street have no parking and feel like prisoners in their own homes. Water was coming out of the construction site and flooding Orchard near South Street and icing over in cold weather, creating a driving hazard. "Is there an end in sight?" asked Pierre Brandt.
On Audrey Avenue a resident clocked a SUV double-parked outside of a legal parking spot for 45 minutes. There is no handicap parking in the post office area.
They were also concerned with trucks double parking on Audrey Avenue. Suggestions were made about changing the parking limits in the hub of the hamlet. Ask for enforcement of existing laws, was the conclusion.
Marie Knight said Charlie Doering is organizing a Teen Club for the 16 to 20/21-year-old group with Island Properties. He was not there to report on the progress of the idea.
Jerritt Gluck and John Walsh are working on a First Night concept as a way to celebrate New Year's in the village. It is done in Boston where it is an alcohol free, family event with folk music, puppet shows, ice sculpture and a postal cancellation. "We need a bit of help. We're going to try to do it," said John Walsh.
Ms. Knight said the Main Street Association has asked that the OBCA send a representative to a joint meeting with them and the OB Chamber of Commerce to see that they won't overlap on their projects and would have more weight acting together.
Bob Bartlotti is looking into the OBCA sending mass emails to announce their meetings to members. It is cost effective, said Ms. Knight. She reported that a bunch of renewals had come in the mail, including some new memberships.
During the meeting, Ms. Knight read a letter to the editor she wrote in favor of the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce's announcement to cancel the 2001 Oyster Festival. She said Daria Lamb will be the next president and David Lamb will recuse himself (he is a board member). She said people join the chamber to take advantage of their group health insurance. "They are having a complete shake-up," she said.