Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the Town Board declared that a state-mandated environmental report by the developers of the Lighthouse Project is “ready for public review” at its July 7 meeting. Murray and the board also called an Aug. 4 public hearing on the environmental issues surrounding the proposal to refurbish the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and develop the 150 acres surrounding the arena.
“Hempstead Town has worked tirelessly to move the state-mandated environmental review process forward in record time,” Murray said. “This action is significant because it marks the start of the public comment period and allows for a public hearing on environmental issues associated with the project.”
As a result of the town board declaration that the environmental report is ready for review, a public comment period has commenced, whereby residents, involved agencies (New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation, the villages of Garden City and Hempstead, Nassau County Departments of Health and Public Works, the Town of Hempstead Water Department, Uniondale School District, local fire department(s), LIPA, etc.) and other groups can review the Lighthouse Group’s environmental report and weigh-in with comments, views and recommendations. In broad terms, the environmental issues that are the subject of public comment and a hearing include the project’s impact on traffic, drinking water availability/quality, air quality, the handling/processing of sanitary sewage, storm water runoff and the collection and disposal of garbage, among others.
The supervisor and the Town Board called a public hearing to be held on the Lighthouse Group’s proposal Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 9:30 a.m. The hearing will occur at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse on the south campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead. Testimony is expected to be heard from the developer, involved agencies, the public, community groups and others who wish to speak. Individuals who wish to view the developer’s environmental report (DGEIS), can view it online at the town’s website (www.TOH.LI).
CD copies will also be available at local libraries within the township.
“I want to thank our residents in advance for their interest in this important proposed project,” concluded Murray. “The input of involved agencies, fire district officials, community groups and the general public are very important as we consider an innovative and exciting development proposal. Rest assured the town will consider all of the testimony, evidence and relevant information as we proceed with state-mandated and other reviews regarding the Lighthouse Project. The entire Town Board is keenly focused on the promise of progressive development proposals while it seriously considers the impact of such projects on our environment and the quality of life enjoyed by our families and future generations.”