Town to Host Public Hearing on Proposed Hicksville Development at Former Sears Site

Town to Host Public Hearing on Proposed Hicksville Development at Former Sears Site

The Oyster Bay Town Board has declared that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement of the 26.4-acre mixed-use Heritage Village project complies with state and town law, and set a public hearing date for Tuesday, March 10th at 7pm at Hicksville High School Auditorium, located at 180 Division Avenue in Hicksville.  The developer will present an overview of the project at the public hearing, and the Town Board will listen to comments from the public.  To ensure all residents have an opportunity to comment, three minutes will be afforded to each speaker.  This process does not mean the project has been approved; such consideration will be made by the Town Board after the public comment period has concluded.

 

Seritage, a real estate investment trust spun off by Sears Holdings, has proposed demolition of the Sears department store and Auto Center at 195 North Broadway.  The site would become home to 425 rental apartments, retail and office space, restaurants, a grocery store, cinema, fitness center and food-service kiosks.  The existing TD Bank and Chipotle restaurant would remain on the site.  The proposed development includes approximately 5 acres of green space.

 

With the Town Board’s declaration that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is complete for purposes of commencing public review, a 60-day public comment period of the DEIS has commenced to ensure that all residents have an opportunity to provide their opinions on the applicant’s proposal. The comment period runs through March 27th.

 

The DEIS is available online at: http://oysterbaytown.com/seritage. Hard copies of the DEIS are available at Town of Oyster Bay Town Clerk’s Office, Hicksville Public Library, and Town of Oyster Bay Department of Environmental Resources (DER).

 

Residents and members of the public are invited to submit their comments at the hearing and/or in writing from January 29, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020 by visiting http://oysterbaytown.com/seritage or mailing correspondence to:  Town of Oyster Bay Department of Environmental Resources, Attention Deputy Commissioner George Baptista, 29 Spring Street, Oyster Bay, NY  11771.