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Letters: Rockville Centre's growing pains

The Rockville Centre train station at dusk on

The Rockville Centre train station at dusk on June 8, 2014. Credit: Heather Walsh

I enjoyed Newsday's flattering article on the Village of Rockville Centre, however, it did not mention the fact that the village is inhospitable to restaurant visitors because of the parking fees ["Rocking its downtown," Business, June 22].

Last year, the village raised its meter fees to 25 cents for 20 minutes. My ladies group enjoys the great restaurants, but we were forced to rush through meals so as not to be ticketed. We haven't returned since the fee increase.

The village cannot have it both ways; encourage visitors or generate revenue.

Rita Tancredi, Freeport

I love Rockville Centre. It has been my family's home since 1989, when I moved there from Brooklyn.

However, we have exceeded the "smart growth" balance for a suburban community. We have no more downtown parking capacity for one more restaurant or apartment unit.

RVC has one of the highest ratios of rental apartments to homes on Long Island. Because of this high-density growth, our zoning code has a limit of 18 units per acre. In my opinion, Mayor Francis X. Murray is quietly moving the decision on a proposed 177-unit AvalonBay application from the planning board to the zoning board of appeals to override our code.

I favor an AvalonBay building within the village code. Don't let the corporate speculators gamble with our future.

Joe Thrapp, Rockville Centre