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Farmingdale to mull rezoning village to allow high-density development

The Village of Farmingdale is considering rezoning vacant

The Village of Farmingdale is considering rezoning vacant parts of the village to allow for additional development. (Credit: Alexi Knock, 2011)

The Farmingdale Village board of trustees is moving closer to bringing higher-density development to underused or vacant downtown areas.

The board will hold a hearing next month on rezoning parts of the village to allow construction of apartment buildings in future undisclosed locations. The potential rezoning will undo a change made more than two decades ago, preventing the building of multifamily dwellings, Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said.

“We’re not doing something revolutionary,” Ekstrand said Tuesday. “Our forefathers took it out 20 years ago. We want to put it back in.”

The potential rezoning is the latest in Farmingdale’s plan for transit-oriented, affordable development. The village has already approved plans for Bartone Properties to build two complexes near the Long Island Rail Road Station, totaling 154 apartments and 19,400 square feet of retail space, and is in the early stages of a partnership with the Greater Farmingdale Community Land Trust to build affordable housing.

Any new developments will include at least 10 percent affordable housing if they contain five or more units, in accordance with state law.

The hearing will also touch on “development incentives,” a fee charged to recoup the city’s cost for future services. New construction will put a “greater strain on infrastructure and public works,” which these funds will offset, Ekstrand said.

The hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.

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