Recently, I and my neighbors on Hilltop Road received a letter from the Village of Baxter Estates informing us that over a dozen mature trees lining our street were going to be cut down “for public safety.” There was no explanation of how our safety was at risk, or why such a drastic action was required. Calling and emailing Village Hall to get a more complete understanding has yielded no explanation.
I and my neighbors want to understand why these trees must be removed.
The Port Washington Voice would like to extend our thanks to the community of Port Washington and surrounding towns for your tremendously positive response to the formation of our new citizens’ group and to our petition against the proposed four-story, mixed-use rezoning of Main Street. Signatures against the rezoning are still being gathered and will be presented to the town early in the New Year. A link to the petition is available on our website.
We are a grassroots group of local residents, who have become increasingly concerned about a series of developments and projects that have been proposed in Port Washington over the past several years. These concepts, including important aspects of the newest Model Blocks Project, threaten the scale, sense of place, and the quality of life in Port Washington. Our organization is not against change - just the kind of new developments that would render our neighborhoods unrecognizable to us and indistinguishable from other newly built towns. Join us at our inaugural meeting at the firehouse on Haven Avenue on January 14 at 10 a.m. Membership is free.
I am writing regarding the discussion about the Model Blocks program that Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington and the Town of North Hempstead are endorsing. I am shocked and horrified that the idea of having the first four blocks of Main Street modified and made to be more “uniform” has even been considered, much less proposed.
I was born and raised in Port Washington, and have raised my children here too. It is a unique town that mixes the old with the new in a balanced way that you don’t often see. This is one of the reasons why so many people from other areas have relocated here and raised their children here too. When I was growing up here, it was a much smaller town, with lots of small businesses that were run by our local neighbors, who we all knew, or went to school with their children. It has changed a lot since then, not always for the better, but change is inevitable. Change is also progress, so I accept most of it willingly.
The Model Blocks is a concept with many elements that require feedback from the community. Our overall goal is “Smart Growth,” by creating a more vibrant, walkable, charming, pedestrian oriented Main Street with increased strolling, human interaction and shopping.
At this time, the general consensus from the community is that Main Street has too many vacant storefronts, merchants lacking pedestrian traffic are going out of business, sidewalks are in need of repair, gardens and planters are sparse and there is a need to create more charm and character. Most importantly, parking and traffic issues have to be addressed. None of this will be accomplished if we do nothing.
We read with interest the recent letter published in the Port Washington News from the board of directors of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, regarding their Model Blocks Program. The Board is claiming to be pleased with the “positive response received to date.” We take issue with this statement, as many of the signatories to this letter were present at the November 17 presentation, and came away with the opposite impression.
During the comment period that followed the presentation, everyone that spoke was against the proposed overlay district/rezoning of upper Main Street to allow four-story, mixed-use development. This is further reinforced by subsequent conversations we have had with numerous members of our community. We have yet to find anyone who is in favor of increasing the built density of Main Street. Many neighbors were unaware of the rezoning portion of the program until we discussed it with them.
I am writing in support of Jim Duncan’s bid for re-election as Port Washington Police Commissioner. I have known Jim for nearly two decades; and, have always been duly impressed by his concern for the safety and welfare of our community. As Police Commissioner, he has demonstrated fiscal responsibility by adhering to the New York State mandate of a two percent cap on total budget increases.
I urge the Port Washington community to vote for Jim on December 13. His experience includes 23 years as a Nassau County police officer (now retired), member of the Port Washington Fire Department and local business owner. Jim was also the recipient of the Purple Heart for his military service during the Vietnam War. His dedication and commitment to our community are unwavering.
Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington, The Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District and Model Blocks partners are pleased with the positive response received to date on The Model Blocks Project proposed for the first four blocks of Main Street, centered around the LIRR station. Moving forward, we will improve our streetscape, beautify open spaces, create plaza areas for the community to gather, create small, modernized and affordable apartments for our younger generation, turn vacant storefronts into vibrant shopping and dining destinations, incorporate design guidelines that bring back Port’s historic charm, repurpose dilapidated buildings and reorganize existing parking.
Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington and the Town of North Hempstead have proposed re-zoning upper Main Street, one of the most congested areas of town, to allow for the development and construction of four-story mixed-use Business /Residential Buildings. I oppose this proposal.
The hope is that re-zoning will incentivize building owners and/or developers to follow a set of design guidelines to update building facades with historical architectural elements, awnings and consistent signage; but there is no guarantee. The vision is based on guidelines, not laws. And the increase in housing density and large apartment buildings created by the re-zoning is the trade off, and it is permanent.
On behalf of The Billy Fischer Cancer Research Fund, we’d like to thank all who participated at our fundraising party on Saturday, Nov. 5! A special thank you to John Zozzaro, Frankie Basile and Vincent Abbondandolo, owners of the Downtown Cafe, (located at 4 School Street in Glen Cove) where our event was held. The sun was shining outside and our hearts were glowing inside! The monies raised far exceeded our expectations! Together we raised more than $17,500! All of this money will directly benefit cancer research at the Steven and Alexander Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park (CCMC). CCMC is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System of New York.
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