Manorhaven finds Matinecock project will not harm environment

Manorhaven finds Matinecock project will not harm environment
The architect for 12-20 Matinecock Avenue presented the proposed site plan to the Manorhaven Board of Trustees at their March 22 meeting. (Photo by Cameryn Oakes)

The Village of Manorhaven Board of Trustees determined that 12-20 Matinecock Ave., a mixed-use project development with residential units and public spaces along Manhasset Bay’s waterfront, would not have significant adverse environmental impacts.

The board made the decision at its March 22 meeting through a negative declaration of the State Environmental Quality Review Act, which is used to determine the environmental impact of project developments.

12-20 Matinecock falls within the village’s B.O.L.D. criteria. The village’s code states that “the proposed BOLD zoning ordinance is designed to make a more livable area, to build community pride, to promote neighborhood and community self-sufficiency and to help retain historic/existing structures instead of replacing them.”

B.O.L.D. legislation is guided by the four principles of promoting mixed-use development, increasing the availability of housing, reducing the need for vehicular traffic by promoting walking and biking and creating “attractive Village settings which will foster economic revitalization in commercial and mass transit-oriented locations,” according to the village code.

The B.O.L.D. criteria limit residential units to studios or one-bedrooms. Studios must be a minimum of 600 square feet, and one-bedroom units must be a minimum of 750 square feet.

The property would have 32 units with parking for residents. All the units would be a one- bedroom layout, as per the code, and rent would range between $2,800-$3,500, according to the property owner’s representative.

The project’s architect said during the public hearing that the site plans are within the village’s code and do not require any variances.

Boat slips in the marina would be available to residents at the property, but unclaimed slips would potentially be offered to community members who do not rent a residential unit on the property. This is dependent on the demand from the property’s residents, the property owner’s representative said.

Mayor John Popeleski said the property will have an access walkway to a gazebo where any community members can access the waterfront.

“Quite honestly, I like what I see,” Popeleski said at the meeting. “It’s definitely going to enhance that whole area.”

Popeleski said these development is a “win-win” for the village as it offers affordable housing and expands the public’s access to Manhasset Bay.

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