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Great Neck Estates to vote on proposed development

Village Hall of Great Neck Estates in the

Village Hall of Great Neck Estates in the Town of North Hempstead is at 4 Atwater Plaza on May 29, 2013. Credit: JC Cherubini

Village trustees are expected to decide at their Nov. 10 meeting whether a 40-unit apartment building can be constructed on Middle Neck Road in Great Neck Estates.

The developer, Great Neck Properties, has been seeking a rezoning of the site at 212-230 Middle Neck Rd. from commercial to residential.

Village officials said plans that had been presented were incomplete and failed to answer questions raised about the project, so a decision was repeatedly postponed during the summer.

Some residents had expressed concerns about the building attracting a transient population and increased traffic in the area.

However, when the final plans were presented Monday night during the board's public hearing, most residents expressed support for the project.

"I'm closing the public hearing at this point," Mayor David A. Fox said at the meeting before setting the Nov. 10 date for the board's vote on the rezoning request. "At this point in time, all we have done is we have talked this thing to death. We're now at the point where we're going to make a decision one way or the other."

The developer plans to clear the property of its vacant stores and businesses to make way for a luxury apartment building that would offer one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging from 714 to 1,553 square feet. No prices for the apartments have been set.

Though the apartments would be available to everyone, Fox said he thinks the structure would answer the needs of Great Neck seniors who would like to remain in the village after downsizing from larger homes.

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