The Village of Roslyn Board of Trustees, Historic District Board, Site Review Board and Planning Board will all be present for a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 4, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Bryant Library to consider an application by BITI, II, LLC of Jericho to build residential housing in downtown Roslyn.
BITI's application is for 112 row houses, plus a waterfront promenade, a public park, open space and municipal parking. The property in question is located in Roslyn, south of the Roslyn Viaduct, west of Bryant Avenue, and north of Old Northern Boulevard; in short, the area where, a decade ago, Stop & Shop had hoped to construct its supermarket. In the aftermath of Stop & Shop, the BOT drew up a Master Plan for the village, one that would allow for residential housing in the downtown area, one that so far has included a proposed senior housing development by Forest City Daly.
At the public hearing, each board will take up different aspects of the application. The BOT will consider classifying the proposed application pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act. It will also circulate the full Environmental Assessment Form to all involved agencies also in accord with that same environmental review act, while also giving itself lead agency status to the review act.
The BOT will team up with the Site Review Board to consider site plan approval pursuant to the village's zoning code. The two bodies will also consider a special permit for a development bonus with respect to the floor area ratio of the proposed housing plan. The bonus is part of the zoning code.
In addition, the BOT and the SRB will debate whether to amend the zoning code in order to provide that development projects in the Waterfront Residential District may be extended into adjacent zoning districts as long as such districts are both partially located within the village's Waterfront Development District and that at least 60 percent of the development is located within the Waterfront district.
Finally, both boards will consider an Environmental Review, one that is consistent with both the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act and the village's own municipal code.
Meanwhile, the Planning Board will consider a Preliminary Site Plan review in accordance with Article VII of the village's Zoning Code. The Historic District Board will handle the review and approval of the development's proposed architectural features.
Village officials also note that BITI's application is on file in the village's Building Department and is open for public viewing prior to the Nov. 4 meeting. Roslyn Village Hall is located at 1200 Old Northern Blvd. The Bryant Library is at 2 Paper Mill Road.
In other Roslyn area news, the Village of Roslyn Harbor will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 16 to consider the enactment of Local Law No. 2, one that seeks to amend the village's noise ordinance for special events. Roslyn Harbor Village Hall is located at 500 Motts Cove Road, Roslyn Harbor.