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Village Studies Rallye Application

More details needed on Lumber Road project

While one local business got good news this week regarding their successful permit application, two others were left hanging until next month, all in hearings that took place at the recent meeting of the Village of Roslyn board of trustees.

Go Greenly Yogurt & Coffee Bar, located just down the road from Village Hall at 1502 Old Northern Blvd. was granted a permit to set up three tables and six chairs on the sidewalk outside of his establishment, in addition to an additional four chairs inside to accommodate anticipated higher summer traffic; this would result in a total of 21 seats overall.

However, Mayor John Durkin called for a continuance in regards to the matter of Rallye Motors, a Mercedes-Benz dealer located at 1600 Northern Blvd. and their application to build an additional building on their lot housing a car wash.

The proposed 2,400 square foot car wash, according to attorneys representing Rallye Motors, would only be for the use of current customers of the dealership, would be oriented away from neighboring homes, and would not impose upon any neighboring residents of the property in terms of additional noise or pollution issues.

However, despite being seemingly satisfied with the documentation presented and detailed presentation presented by the Rallye Motors of the attorneys, Mayor Durkin felt it best to mull the issue over until the Board of Trustee’s next meeting before arriving at a decision either way.

“I would like to pursue this application a little further, take a look at it a little more closely,” he said. “I will let you know before the next meeting if we have any more questions, and the Board will vote on the matter then.”

Another local businessman who was asked to wait a bit longer for a decision on his permit application was John Santos of Lumber Road Realty.

Santos’ proposed project, which requires the Roslyn Board to grant a Special Use Permit, involves a major face-lift to long-standing structure located at 7 Lumber Road that has laid in disuse for quite some time, according to Village Attorney John P. Gibbons.

“He wants to make changes to the building at the old lumber yard,” he said. “He’s going to leave the building up, but renovate it...retail on the bottom, and 20 residential units on top.”

However, according to Mayor Durkin, Santos needed to submit some more paperwork to the Village before the Board of Trustees could render a decision on his lumber yard revitalization plans.

“We’re going to need an environmental assessment form from you...we also see that you want to add a bulkhead to the property. We need you to submit to us who’s doing your bulk heading for you, and how it’s getting done,” Mayor Durkin told Santos. “Everyone here is very enthusiastic about what you’re doing here, but we want to take a more formal approach here and solidify this in a way that will grant your application but protect the village at the same time.

“You’re giving us a good picture of what you want to do here,” Durkin added. “However, it’s not a detailed enough picture to make us comfortable enough to give you the approval to move ahead.”

“We’re willing to do whatever you need to make this happen,” Santos said. “I’ll have my lawyer contact you first thing tomorrow.”

The next meeting of the Village of Roslyn Board of Trustees is scheduled for July 16 at 8 p.m.