Irma Ave. project adjourned without future date

Irma Ave. project adjourned without future date
The location of a four-story senior living facility at 12 Irma Ave. The North Hempstead Board of Zoning and Appeals agreed to postpone the project hearing. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

The North Hempstead Board of Zoning and Appeals agreed to postpone a hearing on the proposed four-story senior living facility at 12 Irma Ave. to a future date no earlier than Dec. 14.

The zoning board approved the adjournment at a meeting Wednesday. It comes following a meeting between the developers and residents last Monday, where both parties agreed to find a “financially reasonable” compromise.

Opponents argued that the proposal was out of character for the neighborhood. They also raised safety concerns over increased traffic.

“It will basically be as if the application is starting from scratch,” Secretary Virginia Wagner said. “So it will be re-noticed if they are modifying the plans, then it may be some either additional variances or less variances. We don’t know yet until the plans are reviewed.”

Once re-submitted, a new sign with hearing details will be placed at the site. Notices will also be sent out to residents. The zoning board encouraged the developers to maintain open lines of communication with residents.

The project’s architect, Edward Paul Butt, has not provided specifics on the revised number of units or other changes, other than looking to cut the proposal from four stories to three. He said he’d share details with residents when complete.

The units would be for seniors 62 and older, according to a developer-submitted permit. The developers say the project would have a favorable impact on the aesthetics of the area and surrounding property values.


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