Author: Gary

Village Denies Permit To Demolish David Smith House

As being reported in Newsday today, plans to demolish 527 Deer Park Ave have been stalled as the developers were denied a permit by Babylon Village. The matter now moves to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Chase Ognibene will need the Zoning Board of Appeals to amend a prior building permit approval requiring that the house be maintained, according to Darrell Conway, a West Babylon attorney specializing in land use applications. Chase Ognibene and his father, Steve Ognibene, still intend to build two new houses at the Indian Crossing subdivision at Deer Park and Ketewamoke avenues, Conway said, but...

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Check Out Tom Stock’s Blog

Tom Stock, local author, photographer and naturalist, has started his own blog. On the blog’s About Page he notes: I call myself a “creative naturalist” I like to observe using my senses, to make new discoveries and share them. After decades of taking walks and hikes, I like to write reports of what I’ve seen. Writing is my way of experiencing the outdoors a second...

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If You Want To Save The David Smith House, Let Your Voice Be Heard

The moment of truth draws near for 527 Deer Park Ave. As we know from the previous article, the Ognibenes’ representative plans to file for demolition permit some time soon. Ann Curry sent out this appeal on the Babylon Village Heritage Conservancy Facebook group today. Well everyone, time is of the essence to save the David Smith House. We do not know when the owner will be applying for his demolition permit or whether the request will be going through the Zoning Board of Appeals or the Building Inspector. In any event, it is important to let the Mayor...

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Builder Plans To File For Demolition Permit For Historic Home This Week

As reported in the The Beacon(subscription required) yesterday, Darrell Conway who represents the owners, Steve and Chase Ognibene, insisted that his clients are not in violation of any Village codes and that they plan to file for a building permit this week to demolish 527 Deer Park Ave and construct two new homes on the site. “Part of the problem is that this project has been delayed precisely because my client did take the time to consider what he could do to save the house,” said Conway. “He assumes part of the blame for the delay because he should...

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Village Board Meeting Report – 527 Deer Park

So I went to the Village Board Meeting on Tuesday night to talk about 527 Deer Park Ave. This was a first for me and I was interested to see what would happen. I didn’t take any notes, so I’m not going to go into any specifics of what was said, but rather give my general impression of the events and the resolution. I’m not that familiar with the various events in this situation or the various people involved, so please forgive me if I misstate or gloss over something. There were about a dozen or so residents there...

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