During the long-running battle against the originally proposed mall, the Cerro Wire Coalition, made up of a group of homeowners and civic leaders within the community most impacted, formed an Alternate Development Committee (“ADC”) with a couple dozen of these prominent community leaders to explore other uses for what was then a 39-acre site. After meeting with a number of major national developers, an alternate development concept was created and unveiled to the public in 2007. The plans included some 530 condo-styled residential housing units and 120,000 square feet of commercial space with a hotel—the type of development that would be considered compatible with the surrounding community. When Syosset Park Development, LLC started fresh with the future planning of the site, along with the additional 53-acre land purchased from the Town of Oyster Bay, the alternate development concept was shared as a template for the type of development that would be acceptable to the community.
The Syosset Park proposal follows the goals, spirit and intent laid out by the ADC, provides significant public open space that could not be fully accommodated in that original ADC endorsed plan, carefully respecting the past uses of the site for locations of potential residential uses, and crafting a “balanced” mix of uses that result in balanced traffic into and out of the combined properties at all peak hours. The essence of successful mixed-use.