Charles Doering presented his rendering of what could be at the Island Properties site on South Street to an appreciative audience. Members of the Oyster Bay Civic Association applauded his efforts at the Thursday, June 21 meeting of the group, at the Italian-American Club.
Mr. Doering said the drawings, were done with Glo Glen of Centre Island, who has worked with him for over 10 years. He showed the plan to Abraham Poznansky of Island Properties. "He said it was very well done and he was impressed," said Mr. Doering. He had called the original conceptual plans reminiscent of a mid-western college dorm. He presented a plan that he said looked more like Cape May, NJ but with replicas of Oyster Bay architecture.
He included an octagon building: like the Octagon Hotel on Spring Street and West Main; and a replica of the Dr. Wicker Jackson house originally on the site just north of the Gulf Station. The plan offered several size apartments (from $225,000 and up) in four different types of houses, each with lawns in the front and parking in the back, reached by driving under bridges connecting the houses. He said it wasn't set in stone, but was a suggestion.
"Nice job," called out a member. "Beautiful rendering," said Eve Bernstein. "Very nice job," said Ann Finnigan.
Marie Knight, OBCA president, said Mr. Poznanski said he would consider the suggestions: he has no architect or engineer for the project as yet. She also said he is still acquiring properties, now, from people who are calling him and saying they want to sell.
Ms. Knight said IP is planning to start their 286 South Street project in September. "Scott Davis of Oyster Bay Dodge has been told he has to vacate the former Getty station site on South Street, where he is currently keeping his cars. He is, has or will be looking to move, to Hicksville or Jericho," she said.
Leaving the area will answer some of the complaints of other merchants in that area of the village. Dodge cars have been parked on South Street, tying up parking spaces for other businesses. Residents have also been complaining that there is no sidewalk for them to walk on in the area of Oyster Bay Dodge. The police have been giving his cars parking tickets for some time.
The Getty station, where he is leasing space for his cars, will be used as a staging area for the IP work on South Street.
Adding to the criticism, there were complaints about the flags and roof signs used by Oyster Bay Dodge. Ms. Knight said she will talk to the Town of Oyster Bay Code Compliance office about the signage.
"He's been getting summons for parking on Lexington Avenue," said Ms. Knight.
Eve Bernstein, OBCA representative to the IP meetings said Mr. Poznanski said they will not do anything until the reports of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association and the Quality Communities Steering Committee are presented. (A representative of IP, Michelle Bassen attended the OB Main Street/Dan Burden planning sessions this weekend.) Ms. Bernstein and Ms. Knight had some disagreement about the final resolution of IP. Ms. Knight said it is no longer going to be for assisted living, but rather 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, Mrs. Bernstein didn't agree.
They both agreed IP has not decided as yet about how the apartments will be sold: as condos, condominiums or rentals or as a combination of those choices.
The members of the OBCA who live in the hamlet area of Oyster Bay voted on the Hess proposal. There was a short discussion beforehand. Fran Trea reminded members that the Hess representatives told the town board a different story than at the OBCA meeting. They said they expected a 25 percent increase in traffic with the addition of another pump island and a mini-mart.
There was still concern as to whether there would be an increase of gas deliveries to the site because of the increase in traffic and pumps.
Judy Barnett said there is a rumor that the Busy Bee will not be there much longer.
Mr. Kroner asked if people had seen the Hess mini mart in the Hamptons and said it was a very busy location.
Another man said, "We know we are losing Coastal. It sells gas at a very low price. Now we'll just have Hess and Gulf serving us. I believe in free enterprise, this is a free country and we are lucky to have a gas station here."
Eileen McFetridge said traffic doubles on Lexington Avenue in the summer. She said she called people to attend the town hall Hess hearing but they said, "That's not an issue. It's too dangerous for kids." They believed the case had already been made against it.
OBCA Secretary Ellen Von Novak said there were four choices for residents to pick on their ballot, and to remember: "One vote only."
"No pregnant chads," said Board Member John Walsh. After voting, the results were: No change at the Hess station (36 votes): accept the Hess proposal (13 votes); put in the pump only (one vote); put in the mini-mart only (four votes).
Pierre Brandt said he preferred a yes or no vote from the group but Ms. Knight said she would present the total picture.
OBCA board member John Walsh asked for volunteers from the group to help out as chaperones at the BOB program on July 5. "They really need us there. Charles Doering and I were there last year. It was a lot of fun. The kids are fun. You'll have a great time," he said.
Although Marie Knight announced that Jerrit Gluck has resigned from the OBCA board, for personal reasons, he is continuing his work on their back door pick up garbage project. They are working with the area behind Uwe's; the Homestead Deli and Townsend Square.
OBCA founder and past president Tim Archdeacon sent a letter objecting to the appointment of Frank Scalera to the board. He is the husband of Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Christine Preston, who has said she will not be running for re-election. Mr. Scalera did not attend the meeting.
The Pine Barrens Society asked the OBCA to join their "Enough Is Enough Campaign." Ms. Knight will discuss it in full at the next meeting on July 19. There will be no meeting in August.