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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.

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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