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Hearing set on Levittown rezoning plan

The Levittown Property Owners Association expects to meet

The Levittown Property Owners Association expects to meet Tuesday to discuss the future of two closed schools in the Island Trees School District. Credit: Brittany Wait

The public hearing on a petition to rezone a nearly 3-acre property in Levittown to make way for a 46-unit condominium complex will be held Wednesday.

The Hempstead Town Board is expected to hold the hearing on the proposed project by Crocus Lane Estates Llc and Josato Inc. The developers are looking to build housing for residents 55 and older on a site that is part of the former Vanderbilt Motor Parkway. The nation’s first superhighway was built in 1903 and stretched 48 miles from Flushing, Queens, to Ronkonkoma.

Levittown residents have blasted the rezoning request to turn the parcel, on Crocus Lane between Blacksmith and Orchid roads, from a single-family housing zone to one that would allow building multiple residences. Residents have said they would prefer the site to be turned into a park to protect the community’s residential character.

The proposed complex would include three two-story buildings with 117 street parking spaces, but the developers would need a variance because zoning code requires 133 spaces. The condos would sell for less than $300,000 and have separate entrances and a 20-foot side yard.

Josato, formerly called Terra Homes, has been battling since 1984 to change the town’s zoning laws so it could develop the property.

The town meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. in the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, adjacent to Hempstead Town Hall, on 1 Washington St.

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