New apartments proposed

Artist rendering.

New apartments proposed

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
11/25/2015


BAY SHORE—At last Wednesday’s planning board meeting, well-known local developer Larry Gargano presented a change of zone application to the board for a new mixed-use apartment building featuring 90 units, retail space and with a number of community areas. Although the board indicated that the design was in keeping with the downtown redevelopment model, they reserved decision to allow further review of the application.

The property, which is in three parcels, is located on Park Avenue in Bay Shore approximately 145 feet south of Union Boulevard, through a lot to Fourth Avenue (57,63, and 65 Park Avenue). The application requests change of zone from Business District to Downtown Development District. Site plan modifications were also requested. 

Of the three parcels of land, one is vacant and two currently have buildings on them, one of which is considered blighted. Gargano said the new structure that would be built there would be “an asset to Bay Shore.” “We’re very excited to present this project,” Gargano added. He also noted that the location would “strengthen the connection from the train station to Main Street.

“It’s no secret… success is in mixed-use,” he added, and referred to the project as a continuation to the other developments that have been taking place in the same general area.

The apartments would consist of mostly studio and one-bedroom, with a few two-bedroom units as well. Community space would be scattered within the design, including the rooftop. There will be 1,000 square feet of retail as well.

Architect David Busch of Busch Associates in Bay Shore said the height of the building would be approximately 53 feet. Mixed materials that include the use of some brick have been incorporated into the design of the structure. “We tried to stay away from [designing] a large, rectangular mass,” added Busch.  And although there is a request for parking relaxation, he said there would be ample parking at grade level under the building, which would be the first floor of the five-story structure.

Gargano added that there is also parking available on the street that could be utilized by residents and guests. “When a downtown becomes successful, [parking issues] are an unintended consequence,” he remarked, adding, however, that its close proximity to both the Bay Shore Train Station and Main Street encourages more walking and less driving.

In response to a board member’s question about the impact to schools, Gargano said that has yet to be determined.

“This is not the type of development that’s attractive to families with kids,” he added.

The next planning board meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Board Room, 655 Main Street, Islip.