Town Board to Weigh Big Development in Plainview

Public hearing on future of Wang property scheduled for April 29 at Mattlin Middle School.

A controversial Plainview development plan on the sprawling Wang property is slated for a public hearing later this month.

The Oyster Bay Town Board will conduct the zoning hearing to weigh the potential development of 143 acres of property off Old Country and Round Swamp roads, the site of the former Plainview Sanitarium.

The town's hearing, set for 7 p.m. at the Mattlin Middle School on Monday April 29, is open to the public. Various proposals for the site, once owned by Nassau County and used as an office complex, have met stiff resistance in Plainview.

The petition now under consideration by the town comes from a group called Plainview Properties, SPE, LLC and Beechwood POB LLC, the developers for property owner Charles Wang. 


The zoning changes would allow the developers to build a multi-family residences for families and seniors as well as certain business uses. The plan calls for 890 housing units and 114,330 square-feet of commercial space. Town officials said about 44 acres of land would be dedicated to the Town of Oyster Bay for park and recreation use.

trailblazin58@gmail.com April 16, 2013 at 01:49 PM
I'm a resident of Old Beth and live just south of the property. Two representatives from the Builder's office came to my door a few days ago to give me information about this new development. They said 70% of the houses will be 55+ and how they’re donating 45 acres to the town. Also mentioned a 2 mile walking trail that will be open to the public. Sounds like a good plan to me!
Joe Dowd (Editor) April 16, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Thanks, trailblazin58; anyone else hear from the builders? There has been some concern voiced about the historic buildings on the site. It's not clear what will happen to them. Any thoughts?
unknownauthor April 16, 2013 at 04:28 PM
My understanding is that these homes will have a starting price of $500,000 to $1,500,000, with $15,000 to $20,000 in taxes. How many seniors are willing to spend that kind of money. Seniors are looking to downsize, their property and reduce their costs. So this 70% for seniors is a little hard to believe. Watch out Plainview, we have enough traffic with all the doctor's offices and hospital.
POBbred April 16, 2013 at 06:39 PM
I went to the Builder's focus group where the floor plans were discussed. The builder indicated a starting price in the $500s, topping at $950,000 - $1,000,000. We all know a rough estimate of real estate taxes are 2% of sales price so i think your estimate of taxes is very high. The 70% of seniors is due to the impact on school district. While i might not want to pay for living there if others do and pay their school tax with no children I'm going to benefit.
Concerned Resident April 16, 2013 at 08:20 PM
I believe the the developers implied that tax dollars going to the schools is somewhere around 10-12 million. While that sound like a large number, remember that there are many costs to the school district which will eat away at that money: There will be costs for redistricting students (several schools will be affected), additional transporatation costs (more buses), additional teachers (in multiple schools), additional books and supplies (for all additional students), more students/parents/cars coming to school events, etc. The tax dollars do not come in a lump sum, they get used up quickly. And with currently 9200 residences in POB paying taxes, its hard to see it making any sort of difference. I see school tax dollars as a wash, that will not benefit the current residents of POB.
marsha elowsky April 16, 2013 at 11:02 PM
I could never figure why those old hospital buildings were declared historic.
Tonianne April 19, 2013 at 05:56 PM
The developers (Beechwood LLC)are trying to solicit signatures in favor of this development . Is this legal or fair?
das46 April 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Actually the people that I met from Beechwood answered a lot of my questions. I think that is a good thing
C. Lewinters April 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM
I found out that if Beechwood cannot do this community then Charles Wang can build an office building that is over 400,000 square feet. Something will be built there
Tonianne April 22, 2013 at 01:24 PM
I would rather have an office building. If they build homes, are they building their own school too. Our schools can't accommodate that many new families. They are also being very sneeky and saying Wang has nothing to do with this. And the developers are forcing their employees to get at least 10 signatures from town residents.
Tonianne April 22, 2013 at 01:24 PM
They actually have to meet a quota of 10 signatures.


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