Clover Drive project goes before Great Neck Estates board

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Attorney Paul Bloom speaks at the Village of Great Neck Estates Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, May 8, 2017. (Photo by Rebecca Anzel)

By Rebecca Anzel

Developers of a proposed 11-home Clover Drive development presented the plans to the Great Neck Estates Board of Trustees Monday, three years after winning over Village of Great Neck officials.

New Hyde Park-based Lalezarian Properties’ presented the proposed residential development located off of Clover Drive, partly in the Village of Great Neck and partly in the Village of Great Neck Estates, at a public hearing lasting more than two hours on Monday.

Headed by attorney Paul Bloom, the attorney for Old Mill 2 LLC, the subsidiary handling the project, the presentation included six large pages of maps, several additional submissions of documents, measurements, descriptions and photographs.

The project would build 11 single-family homes — 10 in Great Neck and one in Great Neck Estates — which would be “consistent with the character of the neighborhood” and accessed by a proposed private road built off of Clover Road, Bloom said.

There is a home currently on the Great Neck Estates property, which the company would demolish and rebuild.

Trustees asked Bloom and an engineer for the project questions about how the project would affect the village.

The road was also a point of contention in 2014, when the project went before Village of Great Neck officials. The developer said then that it would be 26 feet wide.

Aside from that one home in the village, the board was most interested with the access road. Trustees heard information from a 500-page report conducted about potential traffic.

Trustees also asked questions about landscaping, sanitation and the rest of the site plan in addition to a proposed homeowners association for the 10 homes proposed to be built in Great Neck.

“The house in Great Neck Estates is basically an independent structure part of this subdivision,” Bloom said. “It is, one, within the village and, two, it does not utilize the proposed roadway for access — it has its own driveway, it will pay Great Neck Estates’ taxes and be serviced by Great Neck Estates.”

The Great Neck Estates Police Department would respond to that address and Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company would respond to fire and medical emergencies. The village would handle waste disposal and water service.

The Village of Great Neck would provide these services for the other 10 homes, aside from police. Nassau County Police Department’s 3rd Precinct would respond.

Trustees also asked about the three homes that would be constructed on property abutting the backyards of three Great Neck Estates homes at a distance of anywhere between 84 and 95 feet.

Bloom, a former Village of Great Neck Planning Board chairman, said the homes in the village are elevated two to six feet higher than the proposed new homes and retaining walls would need to be built.

The Village of Great Neck Board of Zoning Appeals approved the project as did the The Great Neck Planning Board  in May 2014, on the condition that Great Neck Estates trustees approved it and that state officials approved plans for the access road.

The Great Neck Estates board made no decision Monday.

Another hearing is scheduled for June 12, and it is expected that public comment can be submitted before then.

“Were this board in a position to grant all our applications this evening, we would have probably another year ahead of us between all of the approvals that we will require, between the other board we have to go to and also compliance with the requirements of the county,” Bloom said.

Also on Monday, trustees scheduled a June 12 hearing on the village’s version of a the Town of North Hempstead’s law raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

The only difference between the two laws is that Great Neck Estates’ is simpler, Village Attorney A. Thomas Levin said. The town, he said,  does not have a court but the village does, so the village does not need language that the town used to compensate for that difference.

Also at the meeting, Levin warned Mayor William Warner that if the village were audited, it would not look good that the waterfront pool upgrades required about $44,000 in additional payments for work on top of the original bid of about $218,000.

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