Village shouldn’t rubber-stamp Gibson proposal
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So do we really want a building built according to that unsafe footprint? Village code calls for at least a 25-foot play area for children, but none was ever planned, so we were left to assume that children would be either playing on the railroad tracks, street, or on a second- or third-story balcony, or now a four-story balcony. All of these are valid safety concerns, which is why village code calls for only 23 units for the property’s square footage, which, against objections, the Board of Zoning Appeals granted variances for.
I would prefer to see a much-needed residential and commuter parking lot similar to Valley Stream LIRR station, because this property is up against the Gibson LIRR station.
I ask only that the mayor and village consider safety concerns over greed in whatever replaces the dilapidated stores. Nevertheless, even if I may disagree, I would not oppose, and will go along with, whatever the majority in the community and the village wants and approves.
Alan L. Schaechter