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A public hearing on the site plan application for a five-story, 50-foot-high mixed-use building at the corner of Osborn Avenue and Court Street will be held on December 7 at 2:05 p.m.

The G2D Group of Huntington proposal currently includes 37 rental apartments on the second through fifth floors, downstairs office / conference rooms, a rooftop terrace for use by building residents and related improvements. site such as parking, lighting, landscaping and drainage. systems.

The developer has requested nine waivers from the Zoning Appeal Board, seeking relief from the zoning code requirements for minimum front, side and back yards, off-street parking setbacks, minimum parking space size , the size of the vegetation buffer zone and parking lot planting requirements and some lighting requirements.

The half-acre site is located in the recently adopted Railroad Avenue Urban Renewal Overlay District.

A public hearing on August 26 before the ZBA drew opposition from neighboring landowners – the Suffolk County Historical Society and the Riverhead Free Library – and members of the community.

On September 23, the ZBA granted six of the nine requested exemptions, denying requests for “upward lighting” in violation of the city’s “dark sky” code, exterior lighting more than 16 feet above the ground. ground and minimum size relief of parking spaces for all spaces. The applicant requested that all stalls be 9 by 20 feet instead of the required 10 by 20 feet. The panel allowed for a combination of 15 full-size stalls (10 by 20 feet) and 20 compact car-sized stalls (8 by 16 feet).

The deviations sought would not result in a draft tat disproportionate to the size of the property, the ZBA determined. “The building is significantly below the maximum coverage allowed by the code,” the board said in its decision.

The deviations will not result in an “unwanted change in neighborhood” and “to the extent that the deviations will contribute to a change in the character of surrounding properties or the neighborhood, the change is a change for which the city has expressly communicated a desire. and an intention by adopting their strategic plan and overlay zoning for the Railway Avenue Urban Renewal Zone, ”said the ZBA’s decision.

“The variation in demand will not have a negative impact on the physical or environmental conditions of the neighborhood / district, as the current neighborhood is dilapidated and unwelcoming,” the board wrote. “In fact, adding this building and its uses will improve the neighborhood. ”

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