Stop the proposed zoning change for the A. Holly Patterson property in Uniondale, N.Y.
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We, residents of the Town of Hempstead and former residents who still care deeply about our township, are strongly opposed to the proposed change in zoning which would allow development of portions of the former A. Holly Patterson property into dense residential housing. This beautiful, historic property is not only the last remaining open space in Uniondale, with historic structures and beautiful vistas, but it was and should remain exclusively a medical facility and property for residents, as it's been since it's inception in 1869 as the Town Poor Farm.
As if the above mentioned weren't enough, the bigger picture is Uniondale, as well as the rest of the township, is increasing in population density, far beyond what the current infrastructure, schools, etc. can accommodate. Developing this important buffer property would add insult to injury. Town of Hempstead residents choose to live here because it's suburbia. One only needs to look at the situation in Valley Stream to see what could be allowed to happen to the rest of the township.
We call on the Town of Hempstead to deny this proposed change of zoning, and do the hard work of looking at the bigger picture future of the township. Nassau County does not have to be an extension of the city, nor does it have the capacity to do so without further degrading the rights and quality of life of all but a few. There are numerous blighted and environmentally degraded properties developers can and should develop. But not another square inch of our precious, greatly diminished remaining open spaces.
Please carefully consider.our concerns and pleas, just as you applied the exact criteria in shutting down the proposed Lighthouse redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum property. Thank you.
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