On Monday, March 7, the Brightwaters Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting, during which they held a public hearing regarding 225 Howells Road in the village.
Currently, Brightwaters Racquet & Spa, Inc. is at the location, but the owners are seeking permission to construct a self-storage facility. The site is within the Sunrise Business District where only one story is permitted, but the owners are seeking to make the self-storage facility three stories. SAFStor is seeking board approval for a height variance for a three-story building.
The applicants have already come before the zoning board of appeals twice and were approved for the specific variances from the zoning board. During the public hearings with the zoning board, the self-storage facilities hours of operation were brought up and were altered. The building will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily for customer access with staffing on site from 9:30 a.m.to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. In addition, a “Welcome to Brightwaters” sign will be placed on the property.
Two different iterations of the self-storage facility have been proposed, with either one of the options feasible within the confines of the relief already granted by the zoning board, according to Bram Weber of Weber Law Group, a representative of the applicant.
The first is a standard three-story building with the second being a stepped building that is two and three stories. The stepped version would have a larger footprint.
The board will vote on the height variance at the April meeting. Any community member who did not get to speak at the meeting is welcome to email their comments to the village.
Early in the meeting, a local young man came before the board with a proposal for his Eagle Scout project. After having noticed issues with swans and ducks in and around the lakes eating fishing wire, he wants to help prevent that in the future by installing several PVC piping collectors to vertical poles or other objects at several waterside locations, determined by the village. The scout will be raising money to go towards creating signs informing people about the collection sites and their purpose. He is also looking for people to “adopt” some of the collection locations for the fishing season. The adoptees would collect the fishing wire each month. At the end of his presentation, the scout received a round of applause.
The board also held a public hearing on Local Law 2-2022 replacing Section 108-18 of the village code, the placement of materials in certain locations prohibited. This new proposed law shall repeal and replace Section 108-18 and add the following. “No person shall construct, erect, store, plant, obstruct or place any material of object, including any type of sports equipment, on any paved or unpaved portion of any village street, roadway or village right-of-way.” The board did not vote on the proposed law.
During his report, mayor John Valdini noted that the board was trying to set a date for a community-wide meeting discussing community safety and police. The village later announced that the meeting will take place on Monday, April 11 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library. The board is currently working on topics and guests. Anyone with any suggestions or questions is urged to contact Valdini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valdini also noted that in a couple of weeks, the village will have their tentative budget online for residents to view. Due to savings from the new ambulance contract, the village will be under the New York State cap, which is 2 percent, Valdini said.
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