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Developer Plans Look For ‘Seasons’ Housing Complex 

The Engel Burman Group’s plans for The Seasons at Elwood 55-and-over senior lifestyle community may be getting a major facelift in a new proposal for the Oaktree Dairy property.

Engel Burman Group Principal Steve Krieger said Tuesday that upcoming plans for the community, proposed to be built on 37 acres, will incorporate a series of four-unit buildings in their revised proposal so that all buildings that can be seen from Elwood Road will look like single-family homes.

Those homes would be built behind a 100-foot setback from Elwood Road, and the smaller residential units would also include garages.

Krieger said Tuesday that a unit count has not been finalized on the new proposal, and that plans should be filed at Town Hall by Jan. 15.

Word of the conceptual plans comes after a Dec. 6 meeting, led by Supervisor Frank Petrone and attended by Engel Burman principals and civic activists, designed to help build common ground on the proposal.

Richard Ward, a representative of Preserving Elwood Now (PEN), thanked Petrone during the Dec. 10 town board meeting for following through on promises made in October to host the meetings.

“This first small step in the process will hopefully create an environment where the vested interests of the community can merge with the developer’s vision,” he said.

Petrone first said in July that he wanted Engel Burman to scale down plans for a 444-unit proposal, arguing it was too dense. Civic activists argued the initial proposal is too dense and feared that it would snarl traffic and overburden infrastructure. Engel Burman later asked the town’s planning department to cease the review of that plan with hopes of hammering out a compromise with town officials and the community.

Town spokesman A.J. Carter said more meetings are planned, and that Krieger and principal Jan Burman will return with new revisions during a follow-up meeting.

In addition to PEN, representatives from the Oldchester Hills Civic Association, the Elwood Taxpayers Association and the Greater Huntington Civic Group were in attendance, as was Deputy Supervisor Patricia Del Col.

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