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Town Announces Special Meeting Regarding Oheka Development Project

Leap year and deadline issues cause Town Board agenda item to be moved up one day before regular meeting.

With a deadline set to expire on a zoning request for the Residences at Oheka Castle development project, Town Supervisor announced Friday a special Town Board meeting March 12 to consider the item. 

"It's because that there is a 90-day deadline for the Town Board to act after a public hearing is held," said Town Information Officer A.J. Carter. 

A public hearing regarding the development project was held Dec. 13 and the Oheka item was pulled from the Town Board meeting agenda Feb. 7 at the request of the applicant, according to Carter. 

With the deadline nearing expiration, the Oheka item was moved up one day ahead of a reguar Town Board meeting. The leap year calendar played a role in the schedule change, according to Carter.

If the deadline were to be missed the entire application process must start over, according to Carter. 

The Residences at Oheka proposal calls for development of 18.38 acres of the 194-acre Oheka property in West Hills. The item was submitted by Cold Spring Hills Development, LLC, to the Town Board last year requesting a change of zones from R-80, R-40, R-20 and R-10 Residence Districts and C-6 Business Districts to R-OSC Residence — Open Space Cluster District.

Response to the project has been mostly favorable, according to residents who have spoken at Town Hall.

Marcy Ellison March 10, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Avalon Bay at Oheka
2 Turn Tables March 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Let's just do Section 8
Mary Z March 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Here we go again.... downsize and downzone! Oh but wait, it's located in Huntington not Huntington STATION so it will probably be fine. Yes I am being sarcastic!
kath March 10, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Mary, it will be "attractive " affordable housing! And, maybe Pius will get his hands on it!
Christina March 10, 2012 at 02:02 PM
How about section 8, "affordable housing" and the Paramount for entertainment all at Avalon Bay Oheka? Perfect!
2 Turn Tables March 10, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Yes, especially the way transparency reigns supreme in Huntington.
j.b.n. March 11, 2012 at 01:56 AM
trifecta;avalon,paramount and now the biggest pay day yet,oheka.frank p mark c and susan b fill your pockets and do us all a favor.retire
Otto Kahn March 11, 2012 at 09:12 PM
In case anyone is wondering how you cram 190 homes onto 18 acres of a pristine historic site, drawings of this 4 story(!) monstrosity that is to be the "Residences at Oheka" are up on the architects' site: http://www.bhc-architects.com/ (click Portfolio -> On the Boards -> Residences at Oheka) When Mr. Melius originally floated this idea to Cold Spring Hills residents years ago, he pitched a "quaint French village at the foothills of Oheka." Accompanying the literature were images of real medieval villages with cobbled streets and fountained squares. That Disneyesque idea appears to have been abandoned in favor of hideous tall new-construction style buildings. This is completely out of place on the North Shore - especially on an historic site. It will dwarf the historic chateau and become the dominant feature of the property. Otto and Addie Kahn must be spinning in their graves.
Otto Kahn March 11, 2012 at 09:12 PM
The Suffolk County Planning Commission's Staff Report can be found here: http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Porta...cmtg020112.pdf According to the proposal the development calls for: 262 subterranean parking spaces 130 surface spaces 74 spaces "built into a hillside" = 466 parking spaces! No affordable housing Thankfully, the Planning Commission seems to recognize that the size of this project raises concern about the burden it will place on Jericho Tpk, local wetlands, and the danger it poses to mature growth trees and other environmental features. Based on the amounts Melius has been donating to ToH and Suffolk officials, I don't think this will matter much.
d March 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Looks like that part of jericho will be having more accidents. Like there's not enough already!
d March 12, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Cannot open either link.
Otto Kahn March 12, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Planning Report: http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Portals/0/planning/SCPlanningCommission/2012/SCPCntcmtg020112.pdf architects' site: http://www.bhc-architects.com/ (click SKIP INTRO (bottom right)-> Portfolio -> On the Boards -> Residences at Oheka)
Mary March 13, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Does anyone know what the outcome of this meeting was? I'm appalled by the prospect of such a dense development and the traffic it will bring to already snarled Jericho where there's already a traffic light every 10 feet!
Linda Otta March 13, 2012 at 05:54 PM
you should be more concerned that the Melius guy can't already pay his bills and I don't really think A MILLION dollar condo will be selling in the current economy let alone a bunch of them so it begs to question will he be receiving federal dollars as an incentive to build and this is just a temporary fix on a much larger future default situation? Too bad this article wasn't brought to the attention of TOH before they voted. http://huntington.patch.com/articles/report-28-million-oheka-castle-loan-in-imminent-default
Bob March 13, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Does anyone know the outcome of last nights zoning meeting? How is this guy going to swing the building of this monstrosity when he is already defaulting on the Castle????
Mary March 13, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I agree. These condos are supposed to be priced at $2 million for a 1 bedroom! Who wants to live in/own a $2m 1 bedroom apartment in Cold Spring Hills when their are larger, more private housing options available nearby?
Mary Z March 19, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Hmmm two Mary's, I guess I should change my sign in name :)

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