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LPOA Discusses Groundwater, Upcoming Hearing on Crocus Lane

Resident conducted presentation on Levittown's groundwater supply at Tuesday's meeting.

Levittown resident Ethan Irwin attended a meeting of the Nassau County Coalition of Civic Associations earlier this summer that sparked great concern for his community's water supply.

Irwin heard a presentation from Massapequa Water District Commissioner John Caruso on the contamination of Long Island aquifers after years of waste disposal from the Bethpage Grumman site. After further research of his own, Irwin felt more needed to be done and he turned to the Levittown Property Owner's Association for support.

"I'm not a science guy, I'm just doing some research of my own," said Irwin. "I was vaguely aware of some contamination before I went to that meeting, but I wasn't aware of the aquifer system and the water flow underground and how it works in Long Island. That meeting opened my eyes to the state of our environment and the state of our drinking water."

"All I can do is tell you what I know, what I've learned and what I've been told," he continued. "My understanding, which is contrary to what the Town of Hempstead Water District Commissioner is saying, is that there is a well south of Hempstead Turnpike and east of Wantagh Avenue that showed traces of contamination."

After hearing all Irwin compiled, residents were concerned.

"We need to keep in consideration that this is one of our natural resources," said Tom Kohlman. "It's the only drinking water Long Island has and it needs to be cleaned up, not only for us, but for our children and grandchildren. We have no other source coming into Long Island but these aquifers."

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In other news, LPOA members Ilene Lubin and Tom Caro encouraged residents to attend the Oct. 3 hearing scheduled in front of the Town of Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals regarding the construction of condominiums at the site of the Crocus Lane property.

"Everybody has to show up to oppose this construction," said Lubin, who has spent the last few months distributing flyers in efforts to educate her neighbors. "If they are allowed to build the first set of condominiums, they will be able to build a second set, which means 300 to 400 extra cars a day on Orchid Road. It will be like living on Hempstead Turnpike."

The proposed 46-unit housing development would be located on an empty parcel of land located alongside the Long Island Motor Parkway in Levittown, which closed in 1938.

The zoning that is being sought from the town board would change the current single-family zoning (LRPD) to condominium/multi-family zoning (CA) for the Crocus Lane site, the town said in a statement.

"They want to remove this property from the LPRD, which means we would have absolutely no control over it and the laws and regulations in place for the LPRD are gone," Caro added. "Queens will be coming here if we don't stop it."

Caro continued on to urge residents who cannot attend to write a letter to the Board of Zoning Appeals voicing their opinions prior to the meeting.

Are you planning on attending the Oct. 3 hearing? Tell us in the comments below.

Cecelia Sommers September 14, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Terra homes has been donating for years waiting for this moment
Henry September 15, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Cecelia – I sincerely believe that our town representatives can’t be bought. I trust they will always put the interests of their constituents ahead of any outside speculator’s quest for profit. I certainly hope the board agrees with me, and are in favor of Josato’s building of two (2) single-family homes fronting Crocus Lane - which is in accordance with the current LPRD zoning. I’m confident the board is well aware that the proposed condo units are NOT ‘affordable’ and that C-A District zoning is NOT ‘senior housing’, but actually multi-family/condominium, including the office, studio or occupational room of a (business) professional. Also, that any hopes of increased tax base will be diminished by lower tax valuation of the units (based on realistic/actual sell price) and sale to ‘family’ buyers (including school age children) to fill them… increasing school and town service cost, to fill the proposed complex. Levittown cannot afford this zoning change, and loss of the control/protection the LPRD zoning affords on this (these) privately owned properties. That would be detrimental to our quality of life and truly chance the trademark suburban character of Levittown.
Cecelia Sommers September 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Now whos being NAIVE
Donna September 16, 2012 at 03:56 AM
I have been following the progress of this issue since May, when I saw handwritten signs on Orchid Rd. urging residents to attend a meeting to discuss Josato's proposal. If I hadn't read those signs, I probably would not have known of this issue. I think more needs to be done to make ALL of Levittown aware of the devastating effect this will have on ALL of the Levittown community. If these variances are granted, there will be no stopping Josato and other money-hungry, unethical developers from systematically destroying the quality of life all over Levittown. Josato has already postponed 2 dates. Could it be because the hearing will be in the morning, and they know most folks will be working, (and in this economy, who can chance a day off?) and if they can wait until winter's inclement weather, seniors might be unable to attend? Why aren't any civic groups in Levittown out there getting the word out, and asking for signatures on a petition? I'll gladly volunteer! Is there a lawyer involved on the residents' behalf? And if Murray and Hudes aren't WITH the citizens of Levittown on this one, then it's time to band together and make sure they are ousted ASAP!!
gregg smith September 22, 2012 at 03:28 PM
gregg I think everyone is foolish to think that Jasato is going to build 2 houses on this site. It is currently zoned for a church besides the 2 single family homes, and I know after speaking to the developer that he had a church/mosk interested in this site 2 years ago. If they put a church there there will be no tax dollars and we will still have the same traffic to deal with. Jasato does not need special approvals from the town or the people's approval to that? I do not want a mosk there!!!!

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