Senior Housing Plan in Dix Hills Needs Zone Change

A public hearing is scheduled for a zone change at 652 Deer Park Ave. in Dix Hills that will allow for a senior housing development.   Long Islander News photo/Connor Beach

A public hearing is scheduled for a zone change at 652 Deer Park Ave. in Dix Hills that will allow for a senior housing development. Long Islander News photo/Connor Beach

By Connor Beach
cbeach@longislandergroup.com

A developer seeking to build a 55 and older community with 86 units across nine acres in Dix Hills needs the town board to approve a zone change for four neighboring parcels before the plan can move forward.

The town board has scheduled a public hearing on the R-40 Residential District to R-3M Garden Apartment Special District zone change for four parcels, the biggest of which is home to DeLalio Sod Farms at 652 Deer Park Ave., south of Half Hollow Hills Road.

Attorneys for the developer said that the Town of Huntington Planning Department reviewed the proposal and potential impacts have been discussed.

“We actually reduced the number of units in the original plans from 94 to 86 in order to reduce the density,” Morton Weber, an attorney of Melville-based Weber Law Group, said Wednesday.

The proposal calls for the construction of a senior housing community with 46 townhouses and 40 condominiums spread across roughly nine acres of land, according to Garrett Gray, also an attorney with Weber Law Group. Plans for the senior living development also include a 3,200-square-foot recreational building and a swimming pool.

Twenty percent of the housing units would be classified as affordable and available at rates determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development based on the median family income for the area, according to Weber. The remaining 80 percent of the units will be listed at market price.

Weber said he’s been in contact with surrounding property owners and local civic associations. He added, “We know of no opposition to the proposal from the community.”

A section of the southerly portion of the proposed development is being purchased from a neighboring property owner, Gray said. That section of land is also subject to the proposed zone change.

Plans show the developer will provide 169 on-site parking spaces, which Weber said exceeds the 129 spaces required for the proposal as per town code.

The public hearing for the zone change is scheduled for Nov. 9, 2 p.m. at Huntington Town Hall.

Editor's note: The public hearing is slated for Nov. 9, 2 p.m. at town hall and the name of the business located on the 652 Deer Park Ave. property is DeLalio Sod Farms. The print version of this article appearing in the Sept. 28, 2017 Long-Islander incorrectly stated otherwise.