Roslyn Harbor officials voted to send back RXR Realty’s draft environmental impact statement during a Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday night.
RXR Realty purchased the Engineers Country Club in Roslyn Harbor in 2017. Blank Slate Media reported on their plans to build 92 condos on 18 acres of the 140-acre property last December.
Part of this process for RXR goes through the State Environmental Quality Review Act. The act compels government organizations to consider environmental consequences when making decisions.
John Ellsworth, Roslyn Harbor’s board’s environmental consultant, explained the situation.
“The [draft environmental impact statement] was submitted on April 21. Under the SEQR regulations, it was supposed to be completed within 45 days,” he said. “So that goes to June 6, so we still have a little bit of time.”
A lead agency can reject a statement based on questions, as happened on Thursday. Ellsworth went into depth on the village’s next steps to explain this.
“Based on our review, we have questions that indicate it is not yet ready for public review,” he said. “So it would go back to the applicant, and then when they resubmit it, we’ll take another look and see if it’s ready at that point.”
He also added that he has created a draft memo and that it would take a few more days to finish before being released next week.
After receiving a resubmitted statement from RXR, the village will have 30 days to check its acceptability. If approved, it will issue a Notice of Completion and hold a public hearing.
RXR Realty has yet to respond to Blank Slate Media‘s request for comment.