Pearsall Project approved unanimously by Cedarhurst village board

One less story per building, now 98 units


The Cedarhurst village board unanimously approved the implementation of an overlay district and a slightly scaled down version of the Pearsall Project on Monday by lopping off a floor from each of the three buildings that will be built and 14 units from the plan’s original total of 112 units.

The controversial project was the subject of two well-attended public hearings in the Lawrence High School cafeteria on Aug. 4 of last year and June 8.

A majority of Cedarhurst and Five Towns residents opposed the project based on the possibility of increased traffic volume in an already densely populated area and the impact on their quality of life that a three four-story building development with 112 apartments on 2.5 acres on Pearsall Avenue could create.  

 “We've taken into consideration all of the public comments that were received and took into consideration documents that were submitted, the emails that were sent in,” Cedarhurst Mayor Benjamin Weinstock said at the July 11 meeting.

Establishing the overlay district allows the village to change the zoning to permit the Pearsall Project to be built. The new project will have no less than the number of parking spaces required by the village code and will have two surface parking spaces at each building for delivery vehicles. With no overlay district, the current zoning allows the developer, Pearsall Rock LLC, led by Tommy Lieberman, to construct a 95,000-square-foot office building with 475 parking spaces.

The overlay district gives the village the opportunity to adopt a zoning code that provide additional zoning benefits. The developers at Pearsall Rock LLC will widen a section to the entire length of Pearsall Avenue by five feet. The village will construct stacking right and left turning lanes on Pearsall Avenue — meant to help mitigate the heavy volume of traffic on Rockaway Turnpike.

No public comment was allowed on the Pearsall Project at the Monday meeting, however the 10 people who attended voiced their opposition even to the scaled down version by grousing about the decision after the 5-0 vote by the Cedarhurst board.

Instead of the original $6 million, the village will receive a trust fund of $4 million from the developer in exchange for the incentive zoning. That trust fund can only be used for capital improvement projects. That money cannot be used for paying operating expenses or for anything other than capital improvement.

The board adopted an environmental assessment form, outlining the potential environmental impacts of the application as part of the application process.

The board also adopted documents that go through, item by item, each concern that was raised by the public about the project, which is available to be viewed by the public upon contacting the village.

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