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It must be very clear that the opposition to the zoning change from Economic Development to Residential use is not opposing senior housing. It is an issue about opposing residential development of this site. We have been discussing this property for over 20 years; nothing has been done with this property, except trying to develop it for housing. Two projects were turned down twice before and now even recently modified to 250 units, there are more units than ever proposed.

Yes ... there is a need in the town and the county for affordable senior housing and it should be a priority. Yes ... we want our seniors to have affordable, safe, convenient and quality homes in good neighborhoods. How does constructing a senior development on an island surrounded by industrial and commercial businesses fill those needs? There are better places to construct this type of development.

The surrounding businesses have been here for years and are a staple in the community. We came here when the Port North homes were being constructed, we keep our facilities clean and attractive and we have adapted to the changing face of Port Washington. Approval of this type of zoning change will send a clear signal for the future of all our businesses.

This Dallas Realty property has never been maintained, fenced or secured for the more than 20 years they have owned the property and we have seen the results. It has been targeted for only housing, since that is the highest return for the property. The "scare tactic" is to develop it commercially. I ask then why, when there was opportunity, has it never been done over the past 20 years?

We feel strongly that this zoning change is not the right decision for the businesses is not the right decision for the seniors, and it is not the right decision for the community that surrounds Port Washington North. We need a decision that supports the needs and is of benefit to this entire peninsula community.

We are sure that our business will be so adversely affected by any housing project that we and some of our business neighbors have already engaged Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna of Albany, a well known land use law firm to review the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) procedure, and if necessary initiate costly litigation for both us and the village, as is our legal right.

Stretch Ryder

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