"Just the fact that it can be changed worries the hell out of me," Martley said. "I don't want to have to constantly be checking the Planning Board and Town Board agendas for the rest of my life."
The developer has argued condominiums generally draw relatively affluent, childless singles or couples and won't overburden the school district. The condos would largely be aimed at those making over $100,000 per year.
Linda Jazinski said the project would offer some much needed housing choices for young professionals the town hopes to draw to the Vista Technology Park and other nearby locations.
"At 1,200 square feet per unit, I can't imagine you're going to get a lot of kids in there," she said. "People making over $100,000 are going to want a house for their family."
Other residents worried about the atmosphere of the community changing.
"They did buy it knowing it was zoned single family," said Joan Shack of Beverly Drive of the developer. "I feel it should stay zoned the way it is. ... It would change the very nature and tenor of [the community]"
The Town Board will revisit the rezoning at a later meeting.
Town mulls tennis court light fix
During the "new business" portion of the meeting, Supervisor Sam Messina brought up an issue with the lights at the tennis courts at the Elm Avenue Park. According to the Recreation Department, he said, the lights have been malfunctioning and it will take as much as $13,000 to repair them.
Messina said 800 to 1,000 people use the courts in the evening.
"I can assure you, the supervisor is receiving calls as to why the lights aren't on," he said.
Messina asked for a motion to authorize the expenditure of up to $13,000 and to bid for the repairs, but was not met with one. He then motioned himself, but did not get a second.
Later in the meeting, Councilman Mark Jordan said the cost for the repair was "ridiculous" and suggested a cheaper alternative be researched.
"If we should be looking to put solar lighting anywhere in town, it should be the tennis courts," he said.
Jordan later said the issue was brought to the board's attention late Wednesday, and he and the other board members would like more time to look into a solar option.""