"It may take six months or even a year for the village to determine if it wants to convert the 41 acres from an industrial zone to a senior citizen housing district," said village attorney Stephen Limmer at the July 17 board meeting. At that point other plans for the village may already be under way for the waterfront, the Delco Plaza/Lewis Oil properties, and the openings of any new fast food restaurants.
According to village attorney Steve Limmer the village will use the 6-to-12 month time span to propose appropriate draft legislation, manage and study the environmental impact of the project, and hold a public hearing on the bill. Trustee Gary Levi said the village would need to hold a public hearing to get input from various agencies such as the police and fire departments. Mayor Pellegrino expressed interest in visiting other senior housing developments on Long Island.
Some residents were concerned that the board seemed to be drafting legislation per the developer's plans, but Limmer said this was standard procedure and that as the village viewed the plans, it could modify and restrict the applicant, or reject the entire project after examination. Other residents felt that if the village and the developer really cared about seniors, the plan would not include homes with steps.
The board will hold two public hearings on Sept. 11. One hearing will address prohibiting additional fast food restaurants in the village to prevent proliferation of such establishments and to maintain a quality of life. The other hearing will address the rezoning of the Delco Plaza/Lewis Oil properties, to be continued on Sept. 20 if necessary.
The village will also hold a public hearing on Aug. 14 to adopt a new waterfront zone and announced plans to join Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington to apply for a NY State Grant to purchase the 40 Shore Road property, owned by Barbara Belanich, and convert it into a municipal park. The village is waiting for the appraiser's report. The building department is reviewing an application from the owners of the Citgo Station, at the corner of Shore Road and Soundview Drive. The owners want to demolish and reconstruct the facility to house a 7-Eleven with gas pumps.