Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Town Of Hempstead To Hold Public Hearing On Lighthouse Project

Supervisor To Call For September 22 Hearing On Future Of Nassau Hub

For those who simply cannot wait for the Murraygram to be delivered to their mailboxes, here's the scoop -- although you might need a shovel, given all the self-serving aggrandizement as to the Town's/Supervisor's accomplishments -- directly from Hempstead Town Hall.

Murray Calls For September 22nd Lighthouse Hearing

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has announced that she will call upon the Hempstead Town Board to schedule a much-anticipated public zoning hearing on the proposed Lighthouse Project on September 22nd. The hearing will focus around the Lighthouse Group's plan to refurbish the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and redevelop the 150 acres surrounding the aging arena.

"This hearing will afford civic leaders, business people, local residents, government officials, labor representatives, regulatory agencies and all interested parties an opportunity to weigh in on the Lighthouse Project," stated Murray. "The views, opinions and input of the public is invaluable as the town board collects evidence and considers this redevelopment plan."

The proposed hearing is anticipated to be held at Hofstra University's John Cranford Adams Playhouse on the South Campus. Attendees will be directed to hearing parking via signage along Hempstead Turnpike. The hearing will be conducted during the following hours on September 22nd: 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Supervisor has noted on several occasions that progressive development proposals are important to the town's growth and prosperity. Job creation, economic stimulation and tax revenues are all benefits associated with forward-looking development. While Murray is committed to those imperatives, the Supervisor has stated that the town must thoroughly review the proposal, its environmental impacts and the appropriateness of the development for the site at Hempstead Town's hub. Murray observed that projects of the size and scope of the Lighthouse have the potential to reshape the face of the suburbs for generations to come.

Murray pointed out that Hempstead Town has moved its review of the Lighthouse proposal at an expedited rate. In fact, the 2009 project review itinerary alone is impressive and unparalleled at the pace with which town reviews have been conducted:

February 2009 - Town Board adopts environmental scope,outlining environmental issues to be addressed by developer.

July 2009 - Town Board accepts Supervisor's recommendation to accept developer's draft of environmental reports (DGEIS) as ready for public review.

August 2009 - Town Board holds public environmental hearing on Lighthouse Project.

August 2009 - Public comment period on developer's environmentalreport ends, town reviews public comments.

September 8, 2009 - Town Supervisor to recommend a public zoning hearing on Lighthouse proposal to town board.

September 22, 2009 Town Board to hold Lighthouse zoninghearing (pending board's approval of hearing date).

"Hempstead Town is being diligent and working aggressively on its reviews of the Lighthouse Project," said Murray. "At the same time, we must be scrupulous and vigilant in our review and analyses of the proposal because the decisions we make today will affect our children and our grandchildren."

For those who can't attend the zoning hearing but wish to voice their opinions on the project, public comments are being accepted by e-mail and U.S. mail through September 22, 2009.

Comments can be submitted as follows:
By mail: Town of Hempstead
Lighthouse Project Public Comment
One Washington Street
Hempstead, NY 11550

By e-mail: Lighthousecomment@tohmail.org

"The Lighthouse Project is the most significant development proposal for our town in many, many years," concluded Murray. I encourage all who are interested to weigh in on this important proposal."

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