The 2009 September Meeting was held on September 17th at the Long Island Maritime Museum.
1. Local Waterfront Revitaliation Plan (LWRP)
The W.S.C.A. was forwarded a copy of the grant application submitted to New York State by the Town of Islip
for the funds to explore the possibility of rezoning the West Sayville working waterfront. The adoption of such a plan is to develop a general land and water use plan. Such a plan would protect the waterfront from inappropriate development in the future and would loosen the usage restrictions for the current tenants. It might also open up the possibility for capital improvements in the neighborhood, ie: new sidewalks or repaving.
While this plan may seem like a great ideas, there does appear to be some resistence to the plan and certainly a lot of questions as to what the possible usages might be. West Sayville Boat Basin owner, Mark De'Angelis was emphatic that residential usage not be allowed. He cited the fire hazards of apartments located over businesses.
It was decided that more research on the uses allowed under LWRP's is needed.
2. West Sayville resident, Joe Burns attended the meeting to discuss the problems of ingress and egress at the Matthews Road property (the former Kurt Weiss Greenhouses). The current plan is for Suffolk County to acquire the property and turn it over to the Sayville Lacrosse Club who will lease it from the County. Ginny Fields has procured a grant for the club to turn the property into much needed fields. This would be contingent upon the land being sold to the County. Because the parcel was for used for greenhouses, soil remediation is necessary before the purchase can go through. Unfortunately the parcel is land locked. Possible suggestions were a bridge over the LIRR tracks or an easement from Locust Avenue.
3. Brendan McCurdy updated the group on the Article 78 proceeding. Court papers were filed on both sides. We are waiting from word from the courts on our next step.
The necessity of publicity was confirmed. Plans for a "Trees Not Trucks: Grow Brookside Park" bumper sticker were discussed as the decision to have a table at the upcoming Fall Festival to be held Saturday, October 24th at Gillette Park.
4. Plans for the annual Christmas Party were discussed. A date of December 2nd has been confirmed.
The West Sayville Country Club will be the venue. Unfortunately, the price of the tickets will be increased.
Look for invitations in the mail.
UPDATE ON MARITIME /CULTURAL DISTRICT
On Wednesday, August 19th, Islip Senior Planner, Dave Genaway and staff members hosted a public meeting with the W.S.C.A. to begin discussing the possibility of a LWRP (Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan) for the West Sayville working waterfront and a Cultural District designation for the entire neighborhood. Reactions by businesses owners was mixed, some in favor and some not. A lot of different ideas were debated. The next step in this long process is another meeting where we take the results of the last meeting and start to hammer out a plan. We'll keep you updated and inform you of the date and time of the next meeting.