Crocus Lane Representative Presents Property Proposal at LPOA Meeting

Tuesday's meeting attracted nearly 150 Levittown residents.

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."

Were you at the meeting Tuesday? Tell us in the comments below.

Howard Kroplick June 14, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Mac, a historic marker was placed years ago on Orchid Road, west of the actual location of the grandstand. You can see the marker in this 1-1/2 minute film "The Levittown Vanderbilt Cup Grandstand": http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/blog/article/saturday_june_27_2009_the_levittown_vanderbilt_cup_race_grandstand
Henry June 14, 2012 at 08:18 PM
My take-aways from the Crocus Estates’ Q&A ‘Advertorial’ at the LPOA, June 12 meeting. At the foundation of the proposal is the property owner’s request to change the current LPRD single-family residential zoning to C-A ‘Special District’ multi-family and business office zoning. The change in zoning eliminates the current LPRD protective constraints on development type and allows the owner to pursue incongruous projects with greater profit potential. Their current ‘Senior Housing’ proposal is a multi -family, 2-story continuous barrack containing 50-units. This proposal’s results include: • Small, overpriced 1 & 2 bedroom housing units on an under size plot • Bordered on three sides by current resident’s backyards • Single access via a dead-end street • Competitive parking due to inadequate parking both inside & outside complex • Continuous traffic congestion • Challenging property and road maintenance • Convenient dumpsters for refuse • On-site natural gas storage tanks (TBD) • Indefinite future includes the possibility of Section 8 conversion following an unsuccessful offering to the public Crocus Estates is wrong for Levittown. The ‘Senior Housing’ proposal changes the physical character of the residential area, reduces open space and will surely lead to the deterioration of this stable community. No spot zoning and certainly no business should be permitted within this planned suburban community of one-family dwellings.
Cecelia Sommers June 14, 2012 at 08:46 PM
go to the new facebook for levittown property owners association
Pam L June 15, 2012 at 01:43 AM
If development of the site is inevitable, please see the well-researched and heartfelt comment From Tom R: in support of residential development that is in compliance with LPRD requirements, at the following Vanderbilt Cup Races link http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/blog/article/developer_makes_his_case_for_a_multiple-family_housing_complex_on_the_histo
Henry August 11, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Crocus Lane Estates, LLC and Josato, LLC rezoning application hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 10:30am, Town Hall, One Washington Street, Hempstead, NY. Re: Private property owner application for rezoning from current residential to business seeks to squeeze 52 incongruous condo units in a narrow plot that would barely fit 12 Levittown single-family detached homes. The green space is bordered on both sides by resident backyards. We must challenge Josato, LLC’s pursuit of “Special District” rezoning. Unlike Josato, we don’t have lawyers on retainer to fight for us. But we do have local government representatives, working on our behalf to who we must communicate our opposition to this rezoning request. Despite the very difficult meeting date (following a holiday), I hope you and your neighbors, will join me at this critical meeting. If it is impossible for you to attend, you can still express your opposition by writing your Town of Hempstead Supervisor, Kate Murray and Councilman, Gary Hudes at the Town Hall address above. For your correspondence to be recorded, it must include your name (print & sign), full address and phone number. As a good neighbor, the builder must build within the constraints of the current Levittown Planned District (LRPD) single family zoning. Working together, we can stop this rezoning, preserving the character and suburban quality of life we currently enjoy and keep Levittown the great place in which to live, work and raise a family.


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