Updated Friday, September 16 at 2:15pm to reflect new public hearing date and location.
A Town of Huntington public hearing has been scheduled for this fall to consider adopting a local law that would amend the town zoning map on the north side of Pulaski Road (east of Greenbrush Court) in Greenlawn from an R-40 Residence District to R-3M Garden Apartment Special District. This amendment request, put forth by Engel Burman, LLC, the development firm and construction company that built The Bristal in East Northport and The Seasons at Elwood, would allow for, if approved, the construction of more than 200 residential units on the 20-acre property.
The land, where the Greenlawn Equestrian Center currently stands, is within an R-40 Residence District that allows for 19 single-family homes. The change to an R-3M Garden Apartment Special District would allow for the construction of not more than forty garden-type apartments per acre of property, according to the town code.
The resolution to schedule a public hearing passed with a 3-2 vote at the August 16 Town of Huntington board meeting, with Councilman Dr. Dave Bennardo, Councilwoman Joan Cergol and Councilman Sal Ferro voting “yes,” and Supervisor Ed Smyth and Councilman Gene Cook voting “no.”
At the meeting, Councilman Gene Cook voiced why he would not vote for the public hearing, saying: “This is so over the top, as far as housing considerations, with 20 acres of 220 possible new units. I just think as a town board, we should be looking at that ahead of time, certainly the owners have the right to do whatever they want, but I think this is far beyond what is acceptable for the area.” He added that residents who live along Pulaski Road in Greenlawn, across from the Saint Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Shrine Church, should be alarmed by how many units have been proposed for that area.
UPDATE: The public hearing has been re-scheduled from Wednesday, October 12 to Wednesday, October 19 at 7pm. The location has been moved from Huntington Town Hall to the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet Intermediate School at 155 Lowndes Avenue in Huntington Station.