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Letter: Decision On October 3 Could Change Levittown Forever

Josato Builders is scheduled to appear before Kate Murray, Gary Hudes, and the entire Hempstead Town Board, to request a special zoning change of the land in between Orchid and Blacksmith Roads in Levittown. The change is necessary to build a private multi-dwelling attached condo complex of approximately 50 units and parking for 117. The current zoning of the land allows only single-family houses.

If the town board allows the land to be changed from the current zoning, the builder will be allowed to build multi-family attached condos. What would stop Josato or another builder from buying several Levitt houses on any other block, knocking them down, and appearing before the town board requesting the same zoning change?

The builder would then already have a precedence established to do so. This precedence could allow condos to be built anywhere in Levittown! Josato also owns property between Orchid Road and Woodcock Lane. The Levittown Property Owners Association (LPOA) has been fighting this re-zoning and the dangerous precedence it will establish, for some time now.

Condo units have no place in the middle of single-family houses in Levittown. The streets are not wide enough to handle the increased traffic, and the parking is not adequate and will spill over to adjacent streets. The look and feel of Brooklyn and Queens will be in the future of Levittown very shortly. The increased property tax generated from multi-family condos in Levittown is not the answer for the Town of Hempstead’s budget shortfalls.

Kate Murray, Gary Hudes, and the Town of Hempstead Town Board will hear arguments from the Levittown community about this critical matter on Oct. 3, at Town Meeting Pavilion, One Washington Street in Hempstead at 10:30 a.m. This critical hearing could change the face of all Levittown.

 If you value the suburban feel of Levittown you must come and make your opinion heard! Also contact Kate Murray and Gary Hudes and let them know that you don’t want Levittown re-zoned to allow condos!

Rick Ekberg