Residents fight plans to build housing on Port Washington park

Port Washington residents say they're ready to battle the Town of North Hempstead over plans to build an apartment complex on top of a local

PORT WASHINGTON - Port Washington residents say they're ready to battle the Town of North Hempstead over plans to build an apartment complex on top of a local park.

According to residents, the nearly two acres of land behind Harbor Homes low-income housing units is Avlan Petrus Park. However, town officials say that the space was never a park and that they plan to build 48 apartments for senior residents with a median income of $103,000.

Sean T. Rainey, the executive director of the North Hempstead Housing Authority, released a statement saying that the area in question was unmanageable and fraught with crime and vandalism. He says that it would be irresponsible to ignore the land as a suitable option for development.

A public hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night at North Hempstead Town Hall. Residents say they plan to share pictures and memories of the park during the meeting.

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