Hundreds crowd meeting on Oak Tree Dairy

Town residents weighed in at a public hearing on June 17, 2014, on a zoning change that would allow a controversial 360-unit senior complex to be built on Elwood Road, at the site of the Oak Tree Dairy in East Northport. (Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely)

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About 300 people have crowded into a Huntington Town board meeting Tuesday night which is scheduled to consider a zone change to allow a controversial 360-unit senior complex in East Northport.

The hearing comes about two years after the developer, Garden City-based Engel Burman Group, submitted a proposal in March 2012 to build 444 homes on 36.87 acres on the site of the Oak Tree Dairy on Elwood Road.

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After residents objected to the proposed density of the development and its possible impact on traffic, the developer revised the plan. The community also balked at the revision to 396 homes.

Engel Burman asked in October that the application be pulled from review by the town planning department, so it could further meet with residents. Engel Burman submitted the current plan for 360 units in late January.

Since then, the developer has met several times with residents. In May, residents were upset that the town had set a public hearing because they felt there was still much to discuss about the project's density.

Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said at the time that having a public hearing would move the process along.

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The meeting is being held at town hall, 100 Main St.

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