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Jericho BOE Opposes Bristal

The Jericho school board has opposed a plan to build a Bristal Assisted Living facility across the street from Jericho High School and Middle School on Old Cedar Swamp Road. The application is for a zoning change and special use permit, and the school board made its decision based on financial considerations, commercial zoning considerations, traffic concerns, environmental concerns and health and safety concerns.

“The health and safety of our students and their families are our primary responsibility, and we need to voice opposition here,” Superintendent of Schools H.L. Grishman said.

The school board first learned of the proposal in October 2012 when Garden City based developer Engel Burman Group made an official presentation.  Since then, the board has followed its progress and expressed feelings of opposition, but hadn’t made an official position until Wednesday evening.

Founding partner with The Engel Burman Group, Steven Krieger, responded to the board’s decision in an interview, saying:

“We are, of course, disappointed by the actions of the school board.  Unfortunately for the community, their actions, while politically expedient, do not answer several essential questions that every family needs to ask - Where will our parents and grandparents live in retirement?  Do we have an interest in keeping this significant portion of the population on Long Island?  If our young people can’t afford to live here, and our older population is told to ‘get out,’ where does that leave our tax base and our community’s quality of life?”

Krieger stated that the Jericho school board is engaging in a “regretful spasm of NIMBY (Not In My Backyard).”

The proposed action involves a request for a change of zone for 3.38 acres from a one-family residence, minimum lot size of one acre, to General Business (GB) and a special use permit to allow the construction of a 90-unit (90 beds total) assisted living residence with associated parking and other appurtenances on land located at 1 and 141 Old Cedar Swamp Road.