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Monday, April 27, 2015
Zoning move cuts Lighthouse in half
(Page 4 of 4)
Mike Caputo/Herald
Town Supervisor Kate Murray detailed an alternate zone for the Nassau Coliseum property at a Monday press conference.
Some critics blamed the town for waiting too long to come out with what they claim is a weaker plan rather than saying no from the onset. “They took a proposal to build a world-class development and substituted it with a second-rate plan,” said William Biamonte, the town’s Democratic chairman. “This could be a model for elegant density and smart growth that preserves the suburban quality of life.”
   
Murray emphasized that coming up with an alternative vision rather than rejecting the Lighthouse project outright means that the process will not have to start again from square one. “This way we get to the end zone faster,” she said.
   
Councilman Gary Hudes, who represents East Meadow and Salisbury, explained that the town plan is the product of countless conversations with residents on how to develop the Coliseum property without affecting the character of the community. “I am out in the neighborhood every day, talking to the residents in our community,” Hudes said. “From delis to donut shops, residents have told me time and time again:

‘We want it developed, we want it improved, we want the Islanders, we want construction jobs and other jobs associated with the development. But ... it’s too big ... scale it down.’
   
“We have done just that to preserve the suburban character of the area,” Hudes added. “This zone provides for a community, not a city with skyscrapers.”

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boodiec

Supervisor Murray can't see the forest from the trees. The benefits from Mr. Wang's development will be a much needed financial shot in the arm for Nassau County and it's residents. Changing some of the roads to improve the traffic flow while he's building will relieve concerns about congestion.

Monday, July 12, 2010 | Report this
acetyp

Thank you Supervisor Murray for helping to save trees and forests in Nassau County!! Sometimes building is not always the answer...Mr. Wang I'm sure does not live, work and drive in Nassau County, or he would know how bad the traffic is already. I do not see any reason why 1/2 the project is a problem, it will preserve the environment. People come to Long Island because its beautiful, and not a city environment, let's keep it that way.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | Report this
shotbox

acetyp, Mr. Wang does live,work and drive in Nassau County. To Ms, Murray if your so concerned about preserving the surburban feel of Nassau county, why don't you start with the crackdown on illegal apartments in single family dwellings. I can;t park in front of my own home anymore, Seems like I pay Nassau county taxes and have the quality of life of the city's boro's

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | Report this
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