ROSLYN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Plans to build a luxury high-rise on Long Island are getting mixed reactions.

(Credit: CBS2)

Roslyn, settled in 1633 on Long Island’s North Shore, is a village where landmark status and preservation are honored, says village trustee Craig Westergard.

“We have five historic districts in the community,” he told CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan.

Across from Grist Mill sits the venerable clock tower.

The landmark could soon be dwarfed, though, if some developers get the OK to build a 12-story high-rise overlooking Roslyn Creek on Lumber Road.

“We encourage in the community buildings that are of the appropriate scale, buildings that are in keeping with the character with the charm of the community,” Westergard said.

“It’s beautiful here. That’s what this town is for. It’s so quaint,” one Roslyn homeowner said.

“I actually grew up in Roslyn. I graduated from the high school and everything in 1977, and it’s too historic. It’s going to be way too high for down here,” Roslyn homeowner Andy Careri said.

“I would say no to this development,” another Roslyn resident said.

Other say with its pristine parks, charming shops and architecturally significant homes, change along the river would be welcomed.

If some developers get their way, Roslyn’s landmark clock tower would be dwarfed by a proposed 12-story high-rise with 27 high-end apartments at $2 million apiece. (Credit: CBS2)

Roslyn business owner Tom Megaris says he’s a fan of the development and tall buildings.

“Sure. I like this to be like New York, New York City,” he said.

“I think it’s a great option to bring more housing in,” another Roslyn resident said.

An attorney representing the school district says there are significant concerns over the project’s impact.

“I actually work with the school district and everything, and as far as school buses go and that, it’s going to be crazy,” Careri said.

Proponents of the high-rise say there would be minimal effect on the Roslyn School District, however.

The proposal says the building would house 27 apartments at about $2 million each. It also says it would offer lots of green space and innovation.

A public hearing is scheduled for October.


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