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Plainview hearing set on residential development

The Oyster Bay Town Board has scheduled a hearing to consider rezoning for a proposed 143.5-acre residential development in Plainview -- a project that drew fierce community opposition years ago.

The town board Tuesdayset a Feb. 4 public hearing on the plan for which billionaire Charles Wang is now seeking approval. In 2007, after public outcry, Wang scrapped an earlier proposal with developer Scott Rechler.

Now Wang has partnered with Jericho developer Michael Dubb, of the Beechwood Organization, who two years ago announced he wanted to build 800 housing units and would include more than 50 acres of open space. If approved, the rezoning of land at Old Country Road and Round Swap Road would allow multifamily residences where now only office space and single-family residences are allowed.

The hearing will be held at the Howard B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview.

Also at its monthly meeting Tuesday, the town board approved borrowing $52.6 million for capital spending in 2014. More than half of the funds -- $29.7 million -- will go toward road work.

The town also plans to invest $8.2 million in park improvements.

The town plans to spend $440,000 to upgrade its tax collection management software, a program called iTax that is being revised and needs to be customized, town spokeswoman Marta Kane said.

One project expected to cost $5.8 million is the "recodification of the town code," restoration of historical documents, microfilming and other record management costs.

Other capital expenditures include: $165,000 for an eelgrass harvester boat -- the town has two but one is not operational; $2.1 million for building improvements; $4.2 million to purchase maintenance and construction equipment; $225,000 to replace passenger vehicles; and $1.2 million to purchase miscellaneous vehicles and equipment.

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