It's official. The Village of Flower Hill has its own park. Thanks to the efforts of Nassau County Legislator Craig Johnson and Mayor Charles Weiss, the county has agreed to deed 6.38 acres of land to the village to be used as a recreational site.
The final transfer will occur after special legislation has been passed by the state. The announcement was made at the board of trustees monthly meeting on Monday, June 5.
The parkland faces the village hall and is bounded by Port Washington Boulevard, Stonytown Road and Bonnie Heights Road. The picturesque site has been cleared but there are no definite plans for further work. The village arborist, Ann Frankel, will chair the committee formed to discuss ways in which all the residents can share the park. In the meantime, take a few minutes and go for a stroll to see this lovely, unspoiled area.
The presentation of the park to the village was the first item on the agenda for the evening. One other matter occupied most of the remaining time.
The owner of the Landmark Diner, located on the corner of Port Washington Boulevard and Northern Boulevard is seeking the necessary permits that will allow him to demolish the old space and construct a new and bigger facility. The new diner will be located to the east of the current site on the land previously occupied by outmoded buildings which have been demolished and the shop called, The Nines.
During the initial site approval presentation, an engineer's report was given that showed the east-bearing wall of the property is crumbling and work is needed immediately to shore it up. Since the new wall will be terraced and therefore not exceed the height limit listed in the village code, no variance will be required from the Zoning Board of Appeals. There will be a public hearing at the July board meeting to display the final plans and to allow residents to voice any concerns.
It is the 75th anniversary of the incorporation of the village and special mention was made of a proclamation from the office of State Congressman Gary Ackermann, which states in part:
"Commemorating the 75th anniversary of its incorporation is an honor of the highest caliber. Flower Hill has endured, it has prospered and it has flourished into the magnificent village we celebrate today. It is a personal honor for me to recognize the Village of Flower Hill. . . I am confident that future generations will look back with limitless pride in the community they live in and unabashed confidence in the bright future it brings with it. "To read the entire text, please feel free to stop by the village hall where the proclamation is on display.
When it was time for residents' concerns and new business, David Frankel who lives on Bayberry Ridge, asked about the process of strengthening the code of architectural design. He voiced the concern of many residents about the size of new homes being built in the village and referred to the building code of the village of Lawrence as an example of a code that might also work in the village. He was informed by Trustees William Clemency and Norman Glavas that many code changes have been made to strengthen the zoning process over the years, but residents were uniformly opposed to mandating specific architectural standards. The building review committee is in place to guide residents but it would be necessary to modify the code to allow for powers of imposition.