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TD Bank Eyes Rosewood Inn 

TD Bank’s proposal to demolish the Rosewood Inn and neighboring School of Rock in Melville is on hold in the town planning department.

TD Bank is eyeing Melville’s Rosewood Inn and a neighboring parcel as a location for its next bank in the Town of Huntington – one of at least three active proposals for new branches in the area.

TD Bank is before the town’s planning department for site plan approval on a proposal to demolish the Rosewood Inn and the School of Rock’s Melville location and build a 2,939 square-foot, one-story TD Bank, with a two-lane drive-thru, in their place.

Two other applications are also in the works – one at 1941 Jericho Turnpike near Elwood Road in Elwood, and a second at 460 Pulaski Road in Greenlawn. The Greenlawn location is scheduled to open in 2015, with Elwood to follow in 2016, according to TD Bank officials. Their newest location in Huntington village opened in August.

A woman who answered the phone at the Rosewood Inn, who asked not to be identified, said the restaurant’s proprietors have not directly heard from the landlord or TD Bank about their plans for the property or when they are expected to materialize. The woman added that the restaurant has about three years left on a 15-year lease.

While TD Bank submitted a site plan application for the Melville proposal to the planning department Aug. 29, the application is on hold pending receipt of revised documents.

A planning department letter sent to TD Bank attorney Anthony Guardino Sept. 18 states that site plan review would not continue until color renderings, revised landscape plans and changes to the parking layout and drive-thru queue design are received.

The planning department is also recommending a monument sign be used instead of pylon signs because “it is more visible and at the proper eye level for drivers in a highly traveled area.”

TD Bank is also awaiting a work permit from the New York State Department of Transportation, according to a Sept. 3 letter.

The town’s zoning board of appeals voted Feb. 28 to grant the Mt. Laurel, N.J. company variances to clear the way for demolition.

Should the plans proceed, this would not be the end of the Rosewood Inn. Owners Gina Fogarty and William Rose are about to open a second location on New Highway in Farmingdale.

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