Unresolved development details mean building won’t be ready for anticipated spring move-in date
Construction on the new Village Hall will likely not begin until next spring, pushing back the move-in date to August or September, Village President Richard Howells said Tuesday during a meeting on the Belgium Fire Department budget.
The board had hoped construction would begin this fall so they could move into the hall in spring. The hall will be in the village square in the New Luxembourg subdivision. However, a developer’s agreement for the subdivision and details to donate the village square to the village are still being negotiated with Ansay Development Corp.
On Monday, the board — following a 30-minute closed session on Ansay’s proposed agreements — asked for changes that would increase village engineer review fees from the proposed $7,000 to $1,200.
Howells said Neil Tiziani, real estate director for Ansay Development, called him late Tuesday to say Ansay will probably agree to the changes, but it hasn’t been finalized.
Tiziani said Wednesday that Ansay must also review the site plan, which it hasn’t received from the village.
“The process is taking longer than expected,” Tiziani said.
The board cannot seek bids for the village hall until the agreements are signed, Howells said. Ansay has donated the lot and $600,000 for a Village Hall. Because it is a municipal building, the village is required to seek bids for the construction.
By the time the bidding process is completed, it will be too late to dig the foundation this year, Howells said.
“We’re trying to satisfy both sides and do it right, so even more can be done in the future,” Howells said. “Because it’s a donation, it is a different process and it’s new to both sides. I want to see this come to fruition because the village square is something that the village needs and wants.”
The board has vowed it will not spend more than $600,000 on the village hall, making concessions if necessary to stay within the budget.
Tiziani told the board Monday that the plans for the hall were approved by Ansay and have been sent to the state, but Ansay must still approve the site plan.
The village square will include the Luxembourg American Cultural Center, a community center, art center and commercial building. The center mall will have a water feature, stage for concerts and performances, gardens and sculptures from Luxembourg.
Port Washington developer Michael Speas of Timberlake Investments is proceeding with his plans for the New Luxembourg development.
He will appear before the Plan Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 22, seeking approval for the first two houses he plans to build in the 40-acre subdivision. The energy-efficient houses will have architectural features similar to those used in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
The mixed-use zoning for the subdivision allows smaller lots and houses than are required in other residential areas in the village and common open spaces with walks and trails.
Speas has built similar houses in Port Washington.