$130M West Shore Residences hearing Sept. 28

$130M West Shore Residences hearing Sept. 28
The prospective appearance of 145 West Shore Road in Port Washington. A public hearing for the proposed project will be held on Sept. 28. (Photo courtesy of Southern Land Company)

A proposal to build a 176-unit multifamily and mixed-use complex with a public marina and promenade at 145 West Shore Road will have its first public hearing on Sept. 28.

The hearing on the proposed $134 million project will start at 7 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, at 220 Plandome Road in Manhasset.

It will center on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for West Shore Residences, as well as a petition for a zoning change from “Residence-AAA” to “Multiple Residence”.

If rezoned, Southern Land Company, a Tennessee-based developer, could build its planned seven-story, 176-unit multiple residences with a 29-slip public marina. Northeast Director of Acquisitions Joe Rossi said they are looking forward to presenting.

“Our goal is for the Town Board and members of the community to gain a solid understanding of the DEIS scope and findings while hearing first-hand from the third-party experts who conducted the studies,” he said. “The findings of the DEIS show that our proposed project for 145 West Shore Road will have minimal impact on traffic patterns and the school district and myriad benefits to the environment and local economy — and it is critical that the Town Board and community understand this.”

He added that in the five years since they began working on the project, they’ve developed deep connections with the Port Washington community.

“We remain steadfast in our belief that our project will be a beneficial addition to the community in many ways,” said Rossi. “We look forward to continuing through the process and making the community benefits in our proposal a reality.”

During the hearing, brief questions concerning specific procedures or facts could receive prompt answers. However, most remarks will be noted and considered for the Final Environmental Impact Statement. The deadline for written public comments is Oct. 31.

Zoning refers to the regulations that govern the use of real estate in specific areas. The project could not progress as planned under the current Residence-AAA zoning, which governs the size and extent of developments.

Under Residence-AAA zoning, Southern Land would have to subdivide the property into four single-family residential lots, with single-family dwellings built on each lot. They said this is not a viable option in its Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

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