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Hearing on Proposed 'Seasons at Elwood' Housing Draws Hundreds

The hearing was held Tuesday on a rezoning application for a proposed senior housing development at the former Oak Tree Dairy site in East Northport.

Hundreds gathered at Huntington Town Hall Tuesday night to voice their opinions  – pro and con – about a rezoning application for a proposed senior housing development at the former Oak Tree Dairy site in East Northport.

The proposed development, known as The Seasons at Elwood, was originally slated to be a 444-unit age-restricted community. The developer, Engel Burman, has since scaled back the community to 360 units.

More than 100 people had signed up to speak at Tuesday’s public hearing.

Michael McCarthy, the developer’s attorney said the proposed development would serve the needs of Huntington’s aging demographic and allow for redevelopment of an “industrial-type” property. As senior housing, the development would not impact the school district’s population but still “provide a needed source of tax revenue.”

Yet concerns remain for some residents about the density of the proposed project and the impact it would have on traffic in the area. Still others expressed concerns about leftover contaminants in the soil that would be disturbed in the redevelopment, especially given the proximity to the high school and middle school nearby.  

There was no vote on the proposed development on Tuesday.

Jacqueline Di Donato June 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM
This is a very emotional topic. I personally would like to see it happen but I am not up to a fight. If it is turned down I hope we see the same result when a target or lowes gets put in there. The unfortunate reality is that this beautiful piece of undeveloped land will be sold and something will be built on it. If it is not going to be a park I would like to see a pretty development build by proven developers. I also do believe we need more housing for 55+ on Long Island.
Karen Kessler June 19, 2014 at 06:45 PM
If you lived on Elwood road or even IN Elwood you would feel differently. It's not commercially zoned so there will be no target. There is no place on Elwood road for all these additional card. If this builder wasn't a greedy ass he would build on the one acre zoning & be happy
breetai3 June 19, 2014 at 12:34 PM
I think it's a bit crazy to fight this development. SOMETHING is going to wind up there, so why not have the best possible option: a community that generates tax revenue, has NO impact on schools, and is probably one of the best options for traffic as the elderly tend not to drive as much as others.
Karen Kessler June 19, 2014 at 06:47 PM
Omg u believe there will be NO children and No impact on the schools? I have some swamp land to sell u.....
Long Island Lover June 19, 2014 at 01:20 PM
No Lowes or any other commercial business would be put up if everyone just stays the course. Their attorney likes to paint a picture that is ridiculous. The are is zoned for the dairy plant that is currently there. Otherwise, 1 acre lots for residential housing. That's it. End of story. Why is this such an issue? A senior living community does not mean the people won't drive. It means that anyone 55 and older can live there. How many people do you know that are 55 and don't drive? They can also have there 22+ year olds living with them. This should not be just about the traffic which is horrendous at best. This should be about maintaining a quality of life in an area that is zoned appropriately to maintain that quality of life. Need more tax money? How about stopping the unnecessary spending, combining school districts and doing away with all the redundancy that can only be found in the government sector. I just had an incident in my neighborhood where an elderly person fell. Why did he need 3 police officers to show up? 1 officer and the paramedics should have been enough. Crazy to fight? I think it would be crazy to lie back and have yet some other idiotic nonsense shoved down our throats. This is big business. All they want to do is make money off our quality of life. The developer does not have your best interest in mind or they would build something like this in their community.

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