The Levittown Property Owners Association (LPOA) meetings have been filling up over recent months with residents concerned about facilities proposed for the now vacant Crocus Lane and North Village Green properties.
William Cohn, an attorney representing the Crocus Lane case, stole the show Tuesday evening at the LPOA's monthly meeting, sharing a basic thumbnail sketch for a condominium community for people 55 and over.
According to the plans, the 50-unit estate will stand at 27.5 feet, offer one and two bedroom condominiums for less than $300,000. Cohn tried to make it clear to all at the meeting that the plan is working around existing Levittown residents who may be effected by the construction.
"There will be 6-foot high PVC fencing and beyond that, a very extensive tree planting providing a living fence 10 to 12 feet in height," said Cohn. "Also keeping surrounding houses in mind, there will be no balconies on the units."
That wasn't enough to ease the minds of the neighboring residents. Several questions arose at the meeting regarding taxes, construction, garbage removal and security.
"We do not have an exact figure on the taxes, but based upon the conversations with the assessor the taxes are probably going to be about $8,000," Cohn answered.
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"The garbage pickup can be individual from each home," he added. "But, it's really something that community will have to decide on their own whether they want it from their home or a dumpster in the back of the lot. Sanitary conditions can take care of the odors, but generally speaking, I think the preference would be for everyone to put their own garbage out like they do at homes."
The attorney also told the crowd that the road within the estate leading to each house will be within 5 feet of the backyards of homes lining Orchid Road.
When asked, Cohn said the owners are hoping to do this project within a year, there are still a few things that need to be worked out before they begin building, including a change of zone.
"We have to go through the Hempstead Town Board and the Nassau County Planning Division, and before we offer it for sale to people, we'll have to get it approved by the Attorney General of the state of New York," Cohn explained. "The zoning requires 133 parking spaces and right now we are at 117, so we'll have to go to the board on that also."
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