The East Hills planning board has delayed a final vote on whether to allow a couple to demolish a historic home on Melby Lane.
Board members voted 5-0 Wednesday night that demolishing 2A Melby Lane would cause a significant environmental impact under New York’s Environmental Quality Review Act. Because of the determination, homeowners Steven and Wendy Shenfeld must complete a detailed environmental impact study.
It’s unclear how long it will take the owners to submit the new paperwork and the planning board to make a final decision.
“The applicant has to go through a lot more work now,” Steven Kafka, the planning board’s chairman, said Wednesday night.
The Shenfelds have filed paperwork to demolish the home and subdivide the parcel into four properties. However, nearby residents and historic preservationists say the home shouldn’t be destroyed because it has historic value.
The Shenfelds are being represented by Uniondale law firm Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana.
Steven Shenfeld has “the legal right to do whatever he wants to do with his property, and we just hope you take that into consideration when you make that decision,” law firm partner Andrea Tsoukalas told the board.
Local preservationists have said the home should be sold to someone interested in keeping it in its original condition. Steven Shenfeld said he has tried to sell the home for a year, but hasn’t received a reasonable offer.
Richard Brummel, a village resident, opposes razing the home.
“We need to find a way to get them a reasonable price and buyer for their house,” Brummel said during Wednesday’s meeting. “That’s really the solution we need.”