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Renovation Project Delayed

Car wash, live music approved 

At the July Village of Roslyn board of trustees meeting, a local car dealership was granted a long-sought-after variance while the board’s decision on a Lumber Road building renovation was pushed back pending further investigation.


 Mayor John Durkin and the board unanimously voted to allow Rallye Motors, a Mercedes-Benz dealer at 1600 Northern Blvd., to put up an additional building to house a car wash.


One of Durkin’s concerns regarding the original variance application, discussed at last month’s board meeting, was potential noise intrusion, prompting him to call for a continuance. Andrea Tsoukalas, an attorney representing Rallye Motors, notified Durkin at Tuesday’s meeting that the application had been modified to better accommodate noise considerations.


“I have a revised site plan, where we have moved the surrounding property line back 85 feet south for the car wash,” she said. “In addition, we will be installing automatic doors, which will be much more quiet when they open and close.”  The 2,400 sq. ft. car wash would be exclusively for the dealership’s customers.


The board unanimously approved an entertainment license for Poco Loco. That allows the restaurant, at 1431 Old Northern Blvd., to have live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

The board stipulated, however, that the music must cease by midnight.


Trustees also reviewed a special use permit application from local businessman John Santos of Lumber Road Realty, to renovate the long-empty structure at 7 Lumber Rd.

Discussed at last month’s meeting, the application was issued yet another continuance by Mayor Durkin until Santos’ lawyers could provide some additional information, such as traffic and pedestrian safety studies.


Deputy Mayor Marshall Bernstein expressed enthusiasm for the Lumber Road project, but said that the board needed to be cautious for the sake of the village and its potential liability in granting the Special Use Permit to Santos.


 “We think this would be a good thing for the community, but we just want to make sure that we adhere to all guidelines and laws regarding project,” he said. “We don’t want to grant this application and then have people coming after us because of it.”


Santos’ proposal is to renovate the building at the old lumberyard to include retail storefronts on the bottom and 20 residential units on the top floor. The matter will be carried over to the board’s August meeting.


KAM Associates sought a special use permit for a proposed medical office at 1390 Old Northern Blvd. The board issued a continuance on the matter pending the acquisition of additional information. This matter will also be carried over to the board’s August meeting.