Harbor Isle development a toss-up
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Posillico added that the plan had the approval of the Island Park Civic Association and the Chamber of Commerce. For that, he received boos.
“There has been a lot of fear-mongering about this project,” he said. “I’m here to tell you the truth.”
He said that a cleanup of the toxic site would begin as soon as the board lifted the covenant, and that the site should be cleaned by sometime in 2015. The rental units would be built soon after the cleanup was certified, and the condos would be built as the rental units were occupied.
Whalen said that Avalon Bay already has 570 rental units in the Town of Hempstead, and that they are more than 98 percent occupied. The units, he said, are aimed at two demographics — young professionals under age 35, and empty-nesters.
Whalen pointed out that a two-bedroom unit would rent for around $3,300 a month and would be suitable for someone earning a little more than $200,000 a year, and that the past successes of Avalon Bay developments show that the demographic is “doable.”
One-bedroom rentals would start at $2,800 a month.
More than two dozen Harbor Isle residents disagreed with the developers, arguing that the project would impact residents’ quality of life by bringing transient renters and increased traffic, and would stress the infrastructure.
Audrey Rosenberg, who has lived in the community for 40 years, grew emotional as she addressed the board. “I don’t want my kids in a community with rentals,” she said. “They change the entire fabric of the community. It will make it much less safe for the kids, who now can play in the streets with little traffic, and it will force many of those who have lived here all our lives to leave and move elsewhere.”
Rosenberg got a loud reaction from the audience, with many clapping and yelling, “Right!”