Saturday, July 01, 2006

What’s Happening Under the Viaduct

The Village of Roslyn has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the former Stop and Shop site in Roslyn, an 11-acre parcel at the southern end of Hempstead Harbor in the vicinity of the viaduct. A hearing, held over from May 30, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11, at 8 p.m. at Bryant Library.

According to a State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) Notice issued by the village, the DEIS was triggered by a proposal to build 66 townhouse units and 14 “flats.” There would be 245 parking spaces in garages, driveways, off-street, and on-street, as well as 39 additional spaces in two visitor parking lots adjacent to Bryant Avenue. The project includes public amenities such as a village green, waterfront promenade, pond with a wooden footbridge, two observation decks, gazebo, and waterfront plaza.

Vehicles would access the site at three locations: two on Skillman Street and one from the southern visitor parking area on Bryant Avenue.

The project next door

The proposed construction is just west of another 11-acre project already underway that involves two buildings: Sterling Glen, a 189,000-square-foot structure with 160 rental apartments, and Horizon, a 67,000-square foot building with 50 rental apartments. Both buildings are intended to appeal to seniors. The site plan calls for natural landscaping and ponds and, eventually, a public walking trail.

According to an article in the New York Times on June 27, 2004, Sterling Glen will include 90, one-bedroom, 650-square-foot to 750-square-foot apartments renting for $3,500 to $4,500 a month; 20, one-bedroom, 750-square-foot to 850-square-foot apartments with an extra windowless room renting for $4,500 to $5,500 a month; and 50, two bedroom, 850-square-foot to 1,200-square-foot apartments renting for $5,500 to $7,000.

The article states that the monthly fee will include a concierge, formal 120-seat restaurant, a cafe with waterside dining, a 40-seat theater, daily continental breakfast, 30 meals in either of the buildings’ two restaurants, weekly housekeeping and linen services, and an activities program. Optional support services, such as assistance with bathing, will be available for an additional fee. The charge for a second occupant in an apartment would be an additional $800 a month.

The developer is quoted as saying that Sterling Glen will generate $545,511 in school taxes and $40,103 in village taxes annually.

At Horizon, plans call for 10, three-bedroom 1,500-square-foot to 2,400 square-foot apartments, each with a water view and balcony, renting from $3,300 to $4,800 a month; 39 two-bedroom 1,100 square-foot to 1,500 square-foot apartments renting at $2,800 to $3,500 a month, and one studio. Support services will not be offered.

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