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To state that the newly proposed Bradley Hotel is way too big for the chosen lot is an understatement of gross proportion.

A cursory review of the plans filed by the developer (even by a layperson such as myself) demonstrates the enormity of the structure when measured against the minimal lot size. As I looked closer and examined the square footage of the building, the limited, illegal buffer zones separating the hotel parking lot from the residences behind, the need for underground parking, the city-like extreme overall lot coverage, the limited above-ground parking, the lack of loading zones, the request by the developer to rezone approximately one-third of the rear of the property from residential to commercial, and on and on, it is apparent that huge variances from the town and building codes would be required for this hotel to be built. Despite the Bradley Hotel's anticipated violation of town codes, which are designed to protect the nature, planning, and controlled development of Port Washington and the rights of Port's property owners, I find myself, along with my friends and neighbors, once again arguing before both the town and zoning boards going up against a small group of well-funded individuals attempting to profit on the backs of all Port residents who love and appreciate the quaint nature of Port Washington, especially around the shared waterfront space surrounding the Town Dock. I invite all interested residents to stand up at the next board meeting on Feb. 13, at Town Hall in Manhasset and say no to this type of unrestrained development.

As an alternative to the most inappropriate location in Port for a hotel of this size, other large commercial lots remain available to a hotel developer in Port. A larger, better situated property offers expansive open space, far superior road access for cars and trucks, no need for underground parking, ample above-ground parking for guests, visitors and staff, space to load and unload trucks making deliveries and pick-ups, and a larger buffer zone between the hotel and the nearest residential property. If you can build a hotel in a good location with minimal to no negative impact on the residents of Port Washington and avoid the need to make requests for rezoning, special permits, and extensive, and damaging variances which in the end should not be granted, this seems like an easy decision to this lifelong Port resident.

Matthew R. Straus, Esq.


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