TOWN OF HUNTINGTON, New York, April 30
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
A public hearing by the Huntington Planning Board on the proposed luxury apartment complex on the Oheka Castle property is scheduled for May 6, when the project is expected to be granted conditional final subdivision approval.
“The purpose of the hearing is to comport that the final plan resembles the preliminary plan,” Michael McCarthy, the Huntington-based attorney representing the castle’s owner Gary Melius and the developer of the project, said. “It’s a very significant step in the process of the project… and it gives the public an opportunity to comment on the map.”
The map, McCarthy said, is made up of six lots, one of which is 18.3 acres and would be home to the 190-unit complex, referred to as the Oheka Residences, between Oheka Castle and the Cold Spring Hills Country Club in Huntington. The country club’s golf course, he added, has been rezoned to an open-space cluster district so that it’s not disturbed by the project.
McCarthy’s request to subvert the public hearing in an attempt to speed up the planning process was denied March 11 by the board and Chairman Paul Mandelik, who opted to keep the hearing in place to give the public another opportunity to be heard.
“I did review extensively the minutes of the last public hearing and there were many positive comments [towards the project], especially from the Cold Spring Hills Civic Association… but there were some comments of concern,” Mandelik said at the March 11 meeting.
James Margolin, a Huntington-based attorney representing the country club, acknowledged the dissenting voices but echoed Mandelik’s sentiment of the positive comments the project has received from residents of the area.
“Only one person spoke in opposition at the preliminary hearing,” Margolin said.
Should the project be granted conditional final subdivision approval on Wednesday, McCarthy said, the final site plan would next be up for discussion before the map could be recorded and the process of building could start. McCarthy said he could not speculate as to when the project could be started and completed.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, April 30, 2015; A6)