“There has not been a single residential development in our portfolio where we did not have a thoughtful, comprehensive, and productive discussion with the community before submitting a proposal for governmental review and approval,” Krieger said. “In Greenlawn, we are in the throes of doing exactly that and our decision to postpone a hearing allows us more time to review the community’s comments and input and further engage our neighbors.”
The developer wanted to build the non-age restricted apartments off Pulaski Road in an area previously occupied by a now-closed equestrian center.
The proposal was immediately met by outrage on the part of some in the community, leading the Town Board to move its meeting next week to the Jack Abrams STEM school to accommodate more residents. Some opponents accused members of the Town Board of reneging on pledges to oppose “overdevelopment” though no board member was known to have offered support for the development.
Under the original plan, the developer proposed residential structures would be two stories, consistent with neighboring homes. The plan also includes 225 feet and 270 feet setbacks from Pulaski Road to the closest residential building.
The apartments are priced for sale in excess of half a million dollars.
Named “The Seasons at Greenlawn,” the developer said its plan factored in the drop in student enrollment as the community ages.
The data published by the NYS Dept of Education reveals that the Harborfields School district has 637 fewer students enrolled from over a decade ago. (2012/13 versus. 2021/22 school years). This is a decrease of more than 18% of total enrollment over the reporting period.
Krieger added, “Our role to review the comments and engage our Greenlawn neighbors is consistent with who we are as a Long Island developer, our long standing corporate culture, and our commitment to communities where we build.”
This story will update.