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Ellen Markowski, executive assistant to Town of North Hempstead Supervisor May Newburger, updated the status of the senior housing complex to be built at the former Morewood property site, which is now named Harbor Ridge Continuing Care Retirement Community.

Originally, North Shore Associates purchased the entire 42 acre parcel. With a new mix of financial backers, the name of the group eventually changed to Harbor Ridge Associates.

Recently, however, they sold portions of the property to developer Bernard Janowitz, who built Stone Hill in Manhasset. They will be building the townhouses and condo units for the complex. Janowitz currently has subdivision plans before the county that have been granted preliminary approval.

Janowitz has also entered into discussions with the Town to make a modification to the original plans that switches the number of single family townhouses and condo units. Originally, 150 townhouses and 125 condo units were planned. The new proposal calls for 125 townhouses and 150 condo units. Ms.. Markowski commented that this request will most likely be granted because it's in keeping with the approved Planned Unit Development (PUD), which anticipated this kind of minor change.

Harbor Ridge Associates, which includes Port residents David and Paul Pearson, still holds title to the property where the continuing care retirement center (CCRC) will be built. They hired a new architect, but the town has not yet received any plans from them.

Paul Pearson reported that it's expected that Harbor Ridge Associates will sign Marriott Senior Living Services to help them plan and design the CCRC. He added that Marriott will also, most likely, be responsible for the long-term management of the facility.

In terms of timing, Mr. Pearson advised that they're targeting the commencement of construction sometime in 1999, subject to securing the necessary approvals.

Markowski pointed out that since the property has been sold and is now the private property of the developers, the town's role is limited to reviewing and approving plans submitted by the owners.

However, she said that anyone interested in reviewing the plans, such as they are at this stage in their development, can call her at 869-7712.

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