The Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck Plaza held a public hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. via Zoom to consider amending a local law to extend a temporary moratorium on the construction of buildings containing three or more new dwelling units. The board also reviewed conditional use permits for a new restaurant to open in Great Neck Plaza, and an authorization to override the property tax cap for 2021-22.
As per law, the board must review the amendment twice before it can be made official. The moratorium was unanimously voted to pass on to the Nassau County Planning Commission. The Commission has 30 days to make its decision before returning the issue to the board for final review.
A new restaurant is coming to town at 69 Middle Neck Rd. Ramen Totem, formally Saaho Village, will reopen as an Asian fusion restaurant, offering Japanese, Chinese and Thai cuisine in an American style. The original restaurant at this location served more traditional style Chinese cuisine and catered specifically to that community. Owners Cindy and Chun Ming Gao wanted a new menu to “appeal to most Americans and cater to the community more.”
Ramen Totem will offer takeout in the beginning stages of their opening, but may offer indoor and outdoor seating in the future if customers request it. Edna Guilor, representative for the applicants, shared that there were only minor changes to the establishment that was approved back in 2015: extended hours of operation from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the addition of a 72-inch sushi bar within the restaurant.
Mayor Ted Rosen led the motion to approve the conditional use permit, and it was passed with a 5-0 vote.
The board made a motion to authorize the Clerk-Treasurer to advertise for a local law to override the property tax cap for 2021-2022. This law gives the board the opportunity to override the tax cap, but does not require them to. The board passed this motion with a 5-0 vote.
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck Plaza will meet again on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. to hold a public hearing to consider a local law to override the tax levy limit established in General Municipal Law 3-c.
—Jada Butler is a contributing writer for Anton Media Group