The Lynbrook Village trustees approved three zoning applications at Monday's board meeting at Village Hall. However, it was one application — written for a property at 601 Merrick Road and 11 Marshall Ave. — that saw the most outcry and resident participation.
The application requests an increase to the commercial parking area on the existing property. The plot includes a warehouse on Merrick Road and a residence on Marshall Avenue.
The request was originally put to the board during the . Citing a need for clarity on key issues brought forth by concerned community members, a continuation of the hearing was scheduled for Monday.
The perspective buyer, Max Condoleo, attended the meeting in an effort to ease residential concern, specifically stating that the property would not be used as an auto body repair shop.
Under village code, new body shops are not permitted to operate within Lynbrook, according to the board.
Although Condoleo does own multiple auto body shops in Valley Stream, he stated that the Lynbrook property was only bought as an "investment." He also said that he intends to let his sister and her family live in the residence.
Condoleo, himself, is a Lynbrook resident.
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Despite Condoleo's assurances that he would be "a good neighbor" to those on Marshall Avenue, residents still expressed concern that the noise level and hours of operation at the warehouse would be too much to bear.
While village code does state that businesses cannot begin operation before 7 a.m., it is ambiguous as to when businesses must shut down for the day, according to the board.
Marshall Avenue resident Peter Stark was one of those concerned about how the noise will affect him and his neighbors.
"Shouldn't I have a right to my quality of life?" Stark asked at Monday's meeting. "Having another home owner across the street is great, but being able to operate until whenever you feel like it is unreal."
Mayor William Hendrick assured Stark and other residents in attendance that the property would be monitored for illegal disturbances in the same way as other village areas.
"The only thing we can do is see if someone moves in, what usage is there, how much noise is there, and react to it by our codes, which we have on our books now, after the fact," Hendrick said. "I promise you we will."
After the lengthy discussion, the approval was unanimously granted by the board. The application must now go before the zoning board of appeals.
A subdivision permit for 32 Horton Ave. and a special use permit for 346 Ocean Ave. were also unanimously approved by the board.
The Ocean Avenue property will be used by Crown Ford to store new vehicles, according to a Crown Ford attorney.
Two houses will be built on the Horton Avenue property, according to Real Estate Agent William Florio.