West Hempstead community slams housing plan

Some West Hempstead residents are voicing concerns over a proposed plan to build townhouses in the area, saying that the location is not right for

WEST HEMPSTEAD - Some West Hempstead residents are voicing concerns over a proposed plan to build townhouses in the area, saying that the location is not right for the project. Since 1996, Anthony Ferrantello has been using a tract of land to house his home building business, but in the current economic climate, he decided to put his property to a better use and build about 60 apartments. However, community leaders like Rosalie Norton, of the West Hempstead Civic Association, say Ferrantello's property is just not the right location for apartments, and the space would be better used as a commuter parking lot."You have off-site management, you have over-density, you have nothing that's attractive about the building or the site itself," Norton says. Ferrantello insists that young professionals and seniors will like the idea of living so close to the train station. He also says the appearance of the site will be improved with more greenery. The developers hope to have the modified plan for the project complete in the next three weeks. If they get the town's approval, they expect to break ground next spring.

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