Environmentalists battling with developers over piece of land in North Hills

Environmentalists and developers are fighting over 18 acre land preserved as open space in the village of North Hills.

The land is located just east of Shelter Rock Road between the Long Island Expressway and the Northern State Parkway. The village is examining a measure on whether to change an easement on the land, which was previously protected as open space, to allow new condos to be built.

Environmentalists say any development could damage an important ground water recharge area. Others against the plan say the village is trying to push the measure without adequate public comment.

North Hills Mayor Marvin Natiss says the money from the developer would be used for public benefit. He says the development would also increase the tax base for the village, the Town of North Hempstead and Nassau County.

Four of the five village trustees must agree on the measure for it to pass.

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