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Lindenhurst ‘fine-tuning’ proposed Downtown Redevelopment District

The Village of Lindenhurst has revised a proposed new type of zoning law.

The village board is considering adopting a “floating zone” known as the Downtown Redevelopment District. According to Mayor Mike Lavorata, a floating zone is a district that can be applied geographically and that sets parameters for proposed development that cannot be altered by a village zoning or planning board.

The change was spurred by a proposal from developer Tritec Real Estate of East Setauket to build 260 multifamily rental units across from the village’s Long Island Rail Road station on East Hoffman Avenue. The proposed development consists of three- and four-floor buildings, with units ranging from studios to three bedrooms.

Because the village’s only multiresidential zoning is for seniors, Tritec has been unable to submit an application for the project.

The village presented the proposed new zone at a public hearing in December, and many residents voiced concerns ranging from density to parking and traffic. The board promised to take another look at the code and last week released a revision.

But Lavorata said it may not be the final version.

“We’re still fine-tuning it,” he said. “We want to make sure what we have is a solid piece of legislation.”

Lavorata stressed that the village is not “doing this for Tritec” but for a larger goal of more transit-oriented development. For instance, the allotted minimum site size has been reduced from 6 acres to 3 acres to allow for other possible developments in appropriate areas, he said.

At the same time, the mayor said, setting the minimum acreage at 3 acres means there are few places in the village that such multiresidence development can occur, thereby protecting neighborhoods. “We don’t want these things popping up all over,” he said.

The revisions also include changes to the parking requirements, from 1.45 spots per unit to 1.15 spaces for a studio apartment; 1.3 for a one-bedroom unit; 1.75 for a two-bedroom unit; and two spaces for three or more bedrooms.

Other changes to the proposed zone include dropping the maximum height of buildings from 55 feet to 53 feet and altering the language on density from no more than 260 units total to 37 units per acre.

Lavorata said that he hopes to have the board vote on a final version of the proposed code at its June 6 board meeting, but that it may have to be pushed back. He said he is seeking the opinion of village attorney Gerard Glass as to whether the village will need to hold another public hearing now that the proposed law has been revised.

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