By Connor Beach
The Huntington Town Board approved last month a developer’s plan to construct an assisted living facility on the corner of Woodbury Road and East Gate Drive in Cold Spring Harbor.
The board approved the zone change application from Virginia-based Artis Senior Living, which currently operates 14 memory care facilities in nine states. Artis requested a R-20 to R-HS zone change for the 3.96-acre property to allow for the construction of a 30,882-square-foot, one-story building and 63 parking spaces, 19 of which would be landbanked stalls, according to plans received by the Huntington planning department in November.
The zone change resolution, which was sponsored by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and seconded by Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, was passed unanimously by the town board.
R-HS zoning allows for the construction of congregate-care, assisted-living, nursing home and life-care communities. The proposed 64-bed assisted living facility would be oriented towards “individuals with early to mid stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia,” according to Max Ferentinos, Artis’ Vice President of Development.
The property currently houses an abandoned tennis club with eight tennis courts and a clubhouse, which plans show are slated to be removed.
The town board approved the zone change subject to nine conditions, including limiting hours for deliveries and requiring the facility’s be from Woodbury Road. The town board also required that landscaped buffers of 45 feet in width must be provided along East Gate Drive and Woodbury Road.
The town board required Artis to ask state, county and town agencies to synchronize their traffic signals on Woodbury Road to address traffic concerns raised by neighbors at a public hearing in August.
The current zone change application also requires a building setback variance from the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.