Flower Hill adjusts building code

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The Flower Hill Board of Trustees listen to residents' concerns during a meeting. (Photo by Luke Torrance)

Flower Hill’s Board of Trustees meeting on Monday was all about construction, as the village updated its code and held a hearing on a stalled Northern Boulevard project.

The owners of a property on 1045 Northern Blvd. asked the village for an extension to their site plan, which had been approved in July 2016.

“You’re becoming a monthly occurrence,” said Mayor Robert McNamara. Monday marked the third straight meeting that the lot has been on the agenda.

The lot, which previously housed a car dealership, was scheduled to become a retail space with a spa.

One of the owners, Michael Cohen, said he finally had the money to begin demolition. The two-story structure was also delayed by the lack of a tenant, which Cohen said they still have not found. Nonetheless, he said demolition would begin in March.

The Board of Trustees expressed frustration with the current state of the property, which has been used to store cars.

“Do me a favor, we’ve gone out of our way, get [the cars] out of there by March 1,” said McNamara. “It’s an eyesore.”

An update will be given at the next meeting and the village would work from there.

The trustees unanimously approved three local laws that were proposed in December but had been tabled for two months. The first merged two sections on the Zoning Board of Appeals. The second law updated the code appendix that lists fees, charges and deposits, cleaning it up and making it easier to find the corresponding law with each fee.

The third would allow residential site plans to expire if there had not been any activity on the site for six months following the plan’s approval. It is similar to a law passed during last month’s meeting, although that pertained only to commercial properties.

The trustees addressed the issue of rocks that residents had put on the edges of their lawns, adjacent to Manhasset Woods Road. The village requested that these rocks be removed but this was met with pushback by some.

One homeowner told the village that the rocks prevented motorists from parking on part of her lawn and running over her sprinkler heads. Another said several cars parked in his yard after he removed the rocks.

“The rocks are clearly an issue,” Deputy Mayor Brian Herrington said since the rocks are on the village right-of-way.

The village considered installing a curb or a sidewalk but did not reach a conclusion on the issue.

The trustees also approved a contract with the Roslyn Fire Companies for $236,375.

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