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Oyster Bay board approves land use changes

This undated file photo shows a sign marking

This undated file photo shows a sign marking Ellsworth Allen Park located in Farmingdale. Credit: Julie Cappiello

The Oyster Bay Town Board has approved separate land-use changes in South Farmingdale and Plainview.

The board on Tuesday approved a change of zone for two Heisser Lane properties acquired by the town for expansion of Ellsworth Allen Park in South Farmingdale.

The properties at 53 and 57 Heisser Lane were in a light industrial zone, and the board rezoned them for recreational use.

One property contains a dilapidated shed where landscaping vehicles were stored and the other a single-family house.

The park, which had 16 developed acres, is getting an additional 21.5 acres of facilities.

On the eastern end of the park that is now vacant land will be four ballfields with a storage facility in the middle and one small ballfield near Motor Avenue. In the middle of the complex will be the new 18,000-square-foot community center.

In the northwest corner of the park, two multipurpose fields are to be constructed. In the southwest corner of the park, a roller hockey rink, handball courts, basketball courts, a spray pool and two playgrounds will be built around an existing community building.

A walking and jogging exercise path will circle the entire property.

The board also voted to remove deed covenants established in 1997 for the property at 1082 Old Country Rd. in Plainview.

The former site of a Burger King restaurant has been taken over by Panera Bread. When the town board approved the Burger King, it set limits on the use of the indoor playground. Because there is no playground at Panera Bread, the property owner sought to have the covenants rescinded.

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