High-density housing draws concerns in Valley Stream
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Fare said projects like Hawthorne Court and Sun Valley were approved by the village board for many reasons. They are designed to attract young residents to the community who would live near Rockaway Avenue in hopes of revitalizing the ailing business district. Additionally, it would bring new taxpayers to Valley Stream to share the tax burden with existing residents.
Village Trustee Vincent Grasso pointed out that taxes naturally go up as schools and government need to cover rising costs. But those increases for individual property owners can be offset, he explained, when new people are brought into the tax base.
Sun Valley, which is currently under construction, will have one floor of retail and four floors of apartments when finished. Village officials say this development is designed to attract young professionals who want to live near stores and mass transit and likely won’t have children. However, they said they do not want to create a community that discourages families from moving in just because of the possible impact on the schools.
David Sabatino, president of Envision Valley Stream and owner of Sip This coffee shop on Rockaway Avenue, said he welcomes the addition of these higher density housing units near the business district. He noted that having concentrations of people surrounding businesses is a proven recipe for success.