Eight civic associations in Glen Head and Glenwood Landing have announced their opposition to the RXR/Glen Isle Development plan proposed for the Glen Cove Waterfront.
The plan is too massive and too dense to be considered even remotely sustainable. Furthermore, the plan as it is currently configured is completely out of character with existing development on the North Shore, both in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Ours is not a “not in my back yard” position. The eight member organization of the Civic Council support and even look forward to development of the site. But we urge Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council to craft a waterfront development that will not choke the city or the communities surrounding it.
Among the Civic Council’s major concerns are:
• The massive footprint and height of the buildings, accommodating as many as 2,500 residents.
• The amount of traffic that would be generated, an additional 3,200 vehicles according to the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
• The admitted inability to address traffic impacts at the intersection of Glen Cove Road and Northern Boulevard (Route 25A), as well as at other locations in Glen Head, Glenwood Landing, and Sea Cliff, including Shore Road in Glenwood Landing, Route 107, and Glen Cove Avenue in Glen Head.
The current proposal varies greatly from what was originally proposed and approved. The recent amendments are significant and change the characteristics of the project so significantly in terms of size, number of units, usage, etc. I believe there have been nine amendments to the original proposed plan in 2003. The plan changed from a waterfront project we could all enjoy with restaurants, shops, and a hotel, to a more restrictive use consisting primarily of residential units.
There has been a lack of transparency; the project approval was not presented to voters in a referendum. The view/sight lines projected will forever change by building such a massive structure on the waterfront.
• Unanswered questions about whether the environmental cleanup will meet residential and recreational standards adequate for protecting public health given the proposed uses.
• Inadequate stormwater control, including a minimum standard runoff holding capacity (two inches) rather than eight inches, the maximum standard appropriate for a site adjacent to a water body with this environmental history.
• Ecology/Pollution: Inadequate mechanisms for containing soil in certain areas that may remain contaminated even after cleanup. Little consideration to the impact to neighboring areas for the 10 years of planned construction.
• No consideration of the cumulative effect of other developments under consideration in the area, including at least six in Glen Cove (Avalon, Carney Street Apartments, Landing Cove, North Manor Estates, The Piazza, and The Villas), two in Glen Head (the Halm property on Glen Head Road and the Lundy property on Dumond Place), and one in Glenwood Landing (the Harbor Fuel/Hinfin/Town of North Hempstead property on Shore Road).
Lastly, whether there is even demand for an additional 1,100 units in Glen Cove considering that there are current vacancies in many of the city’s apartment complexes (Avalon, etc.) and the given infrastructure of the area. Complete disregard for the year 2000 Memorandum of Understanding with the Village of Sea Cliff.
—George P. Pombar
President, Glen Head-Glenwood Civic Council