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Town: Franklin Square church withdraws application for women’s shelter

The Hempstead Town Hall is shown on Nov.

The Hempstead Town Hall is shown on Nov. 28, 2011. Credit: JC Cherubini

A Franklin Square church has withdrawn an application to convert a convent to a dormitory for a women’s and children’s shelter, Hempstead Town officials said Wednesday.

Saint Catherine of Sienna Roman Catholic Church had filed an application with the Hempstead Zoning Board of Appeals to add a dormitory as a religious accessory, off-street parking, a chain-link fence and two storage sheds on the property at 990 Holzheimer St. in Franklin Square.

Some residents had opposed the project out of concern about the possible the effect on nearby property values.

Church officials were set to present their application Wednesday morning to the Board of Appeals, but notified the board that day that their application had been withdrawn.

Town officials said the church would have to file a new application if it chooses to resubmit the project. Church officials did not return a call for comment Wednesday.

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