Bond Street proposal in Plaza moves closer to approval

Bond Street proposal in Plaza moves closer to approval
Paul Bloom, a legal representative for 14 Park Place LLC, makes a case for the 15 Bond Street project to Great Neck Plaza village officials. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

A proposed 55-unit apartment dwelling for 15 Bond Street might get a conditional-use permit and site plan approval in February, following a long string of plan modifications and appearances before boards in Great Neck Plaza.

The proposal from Effie Namdar of 14 Park Place LLC, which seeks to develop the building, has been under consideration for more than two years.

The process had decreased the proposed number of units from 61 to 55, adjusted the lower parking garage, limited the height to 45 feet, capped the building at four floors, among other things.

Following the approval of some variances before the Zoning Board of Appeals and the submission of further plans to the board of trustees on Dec. 14, the village had created drafts for site plan approval and a conditional use permit.

Paul Bloom, a legal representative for 14 Park Place LLC, said that since the last submission of plans to the zoning board and board of trustees, they intended to submit one last set of plans.

He said they would include items like kitchen re-alignments, “greater attention to livability,” room entrance changes, the removal of a staircase, and an ADA-compliant bathroom on the lower parking level.

Bloom also noted they added a more detailed landscape plan to supplement the proposal.

“The difference between the plans that were before the zoning board and the plans that were submitted to this board were very simple and do not change the character of the application,” Bloom said.

When officials asked about sewer connections, Bloom said, there have been capacity issues across the peninsula stemming in part from the Village of Great Neck’s sewer system – which has been integrated into the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District.

Among some of the issues are large pipes flowing sewage into smaller pipes, issues with dipped pipes along Bayview Avenue and older infrastructure that should be upgraded, he said.

“There will not be a connection permitted for flow to come out until those issues are resolved,” Bloom said. “The buildings will be able to be built, but they’re just not going to be able to get [Certificates of Occupancy] for occupancy until those issues are addressed.”

But, he noted, the sewer district is doing all it can to fix the system and work with them on the project.

Village officials adjourned the matter until the Jan. 17 meeting, where Bloom will return to present updated plans and the public can comment.

In unrelated business, Great Neck Plaza village officials approved a Verizon facility atop 98 Cutter Mill Road.

At the prior meeting, Verizon representatives said the facility would be located at two separate points on the roof with four antennas, a back-up generator and GPS units, all concealed in a bulkhead, and barriers to shield people from radiofrequency radiation.

Now the facility will be closer to an existing T-Mobile installation on the building, they said, and cannot be moved any closer without compromising the signal quality.

In other unrelated business, a conditional building permit for 110 Cutter Mill Road was not approved, with trustees expressing continued environmental concerns.

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