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Huntington Station assisted living proposal gets public hearing

The Huntington Town Board is considering a zone

The Huntington Town Board is considering a zone change to allow an assisted living facility in Huntington Station, seen here in a rendering. Sunrise Development is proposing a two-story, 77,000-square-foot building with 90 units. Credit: Huntington Town

Plans to build an assisted living facility on what is now a horse stable in Huntington Station have some nearby residents upset.

The Huntington Town Board has set a March 14 public hearing to consider rezoning a 5.7-acre parcel at Jericho Turnpike and West Hills Road. If approved, the parcel would go from a residential district to residential health district to allow construction of a 90-unit, 136-bed assisted living facility in a two-story, 77,000-square-foot building.

The zone change request comes from McLean, Virginia-based Sunrise Development.

The proposed building for 300 West Hills Rd. would include the construction of a sewage treatment plant. It would be located across the street from Walt Whitman High School.

Some neighbors say traffic is already bad on West Hills Road during school arrival and dismissal times and that they have health and environmental concerns about the sewage treatment plant.

Priscilla Jahier, a nearby resident, said two community meetings were held on the proposal, but that letters alerting residents to the time and place of those meetings were only sent to homes within a certain distance from the proposed facility.

“We really don’t have enough information,” said Jahier, who heard about the proposal after a neighbor put a flier in her mailbox. “We feel cheated as a community that we were not involved or invited to participate in any discussions about the facility.”

Philip Kroskin, senior vice president of real estate for Sunrise Development, said there were two meetings with residents who live adjacent to the proposed facility and their response was “extremely positive.”

He said he is completely open to meeting and talking with anyone else who wants to learn more about the proposal.

“That’s what we do; that’s the goal of this process,” Kroskin said. “There’s nothing to hide; we’re very proud of the product that we’re proposing on every single level.”

Sunrise has nine facilities on Long Island, including one in Dix Hills. Kroskin said the proposed facility will help meet local demand for “high-quality assisted living and memory care services for families who want to be near their aging loved ones.”

He characterized the location for this proposed project as optimal.

“It’s an existing commercial use in a transitional zone between Jericho Turnpike with a lot of commercial and residential to the other side,” Kroskin said. “Our use is perfectly suited and typically located in those transitional zones.”

The public hearing is set for 2 p.m. at Town Hall, 100 Main St.

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