Hearing for North Shore Animal League’s extension proposal

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The Town of North Hempstead will hold a public hearing on Tuesday to discuss North Shore Animal League’s proposal to build a two-story addition to its Port Washington facility.

The addition would upgrade and replace the existing one-story structure located on Lewyt Street and South Bayles Avenue, according to town Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio.

“The North Shore Animal League has been working over the years to expand and improve their facilities located in Port Washington,” De Giorgio said.

The animal league has already met with the town’s planning and building departments about the expansion plans, De Giorgio said.

The town’s Board of Zoning Appeals has granted the animal league zoning variances for height, she said.

The facility in Port Washington is the animal league’s headquarters and hosts many of its adopting events.

It also has a pet health center, which offers veterinary care, a pet adoption center and dog training services.

The North Shore Animal League is the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world, according to its website.

It began operating in Port Washington in 1953 when the then North Shore Animal League and Dog Protective Association purchased two lots and a house.

The animal league at the hearing will discuss providing the town with a detailed landscaping plan, “showing the retention of all existing trees on the perimeter of the project,” De Giorgio said.

She said an alternative landscape plan for the possibility of trees being damaged during constriction will be discussed too.

The town also plans to discuss a detailed on-site construction staging plan, which will provide a timetable for construction, as well as where the construction equipment will be on the site.

De Giorgio also said a maintenance and protection of traffic plan will be discussed, which will address traffic concerns during construction, which could include a provision prohibiting work during peak morning and evening rush hours on school days.

The animal league also provided the town with artist renderings of the proposed facility.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall at 220 Plandome Road in Manhasset.

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