The coming week will see two public hearings in East Hills, both concerning commercial developmental issues.
On Tuesday, April 21, the Village of East Hills Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a meeting to further discuss an application by Metro PCS and Omnipoint to install cell antennas and equipment on the roof of a medical building located on 70 Glen Cove Rd.
The next evening, Wednesday, April 22, the BZA will hold another hearing. This one concerns an application by Active Kidz for a variance to expand their current facility.
Both meetings will begin at 8 p.m. and will take place at the East Hills Village Hall, 209 Harbor Hill Rd.
On Tuesday, March 17, the BZA held a meeting on the cell antenna applications. The meeting was well attended, mostly by opponents of the applications. Representatives from both Metro PCS and Omnipoint also made presentations.
Safety issues were discussed at the meeting, including those pertaining to radiation warnings, and evacuations in case of a fire.
A planner for Metro presented photos of the area in question and explained that the visual effect of the antennas and equipment would be minimal. The BZA then requested that the company's photographer redo the photos showing a visual impact that includes all the equipment and antennas requested by both Metro and Omnipoint.
An attorney representing Metro said that the company would submit answers to all BZA queries before the April 21 meeting.
Active Kidz, for its part, hopes to expand from its current site from 8,400 sq. ft. to 20,000 sq. ft.
According to Andy Oelbaum, the proposed expansion will include a new interactive Toddler room for inflatables and a themed state-of-the-art laser tag arena. Plans were filed in September and approvals are still pending with the Village of East Hills.
There is currently 67,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space next door to Active Kidz that will be vacant this spring. Active Kidz hopes to take advantage of the empty space to expand and improve their own facility. Active Kidz has been part of the East Hills business community for three and a half years.
The proprietors of Active Kidz have said that the expansion would help to create jobs in the area, both for the birthday and sports facility and for surrounding business, including local food vendors.