After getting defeated on two-story,
46-unit condo complex project on the Crocus Lane site, the company Josato Inc. has now proposed
to build four single family homes on the former site of the Motor Parkway in
It's been 33 years of fighting with Josato Inc. (formerly Terra
Homes, Inc.) and lawyer William Cohn, but LPOA President Jim Morrow said some progress has
finally been made after the two sides recently met to discuss the new plans.
“I put it before you, as a member, because nothing is ever
final until the people vote on it,” Morrow said at Tuesday night’s meeting.
The homes would be located on the historic Long Island Motor
Parkway property, which hosted the Vanderbilt Cup races from 1904 to 1910 and
closed in 1938.
The LPOA would also have to be willing to accept
one variance. The proposal calls for a common driveway for two of the houses in
the back, which are five feet short of the necessary space allowed by the
Levittown Planned Residence District (LPRD) zoning ordinance (Article XV).
The ordinance was created in 1975
and put in place to “preserve the integrity of the plan of the original
Levittown.” The ordinance can be viewed online here.
Some residents took issue with allowing the variance, because
they said it could be setting a precedent for further changes.
“I thought that we as an organization are against variances
of any sort. So there’s no question here,” one resident said.
There would be a ton of land to build on if someone purchased
one of the four homes at the site, but Morrow insisted that no further
building would be allowed at the site.
“When they go for the variance and we go to the town board,
we will note that there will be specifically no further subdivisions, and no
residential buildings on any of the properties,” Morrow said. Something will be
in there saying, 'this shall not set a precedent.'“
Morrow said some positive aspects of the new plan is that at
least 1,400 sq. ft. will not be built on and traffic might not be a concern. He said there also would be no strain
on the aquifer and water supply for the area, which was a concern with the last
“We would be preserving most of that land for the suction of water in our
area,” Morrow said.
“For the first time in 33 years, we are in the driver's
seat,” he said.