About 200 people turned out at the protest held in Sea Cliff on Sunday opposing the Garvies Point Development Project. Donning T-shirts and signs stating “Smart Development Not Overdevelopment” and “Stop OVER Development at Garvies Point” and chanting “Tell Spinello No!” the group walked from Veteran’s Memorial Park to Sea Cliff Beach, where the waterfront views will be most impacted by the proposed 1,110-unit condominium development. Roger Friedman, who is president of the Committee For A Sustainable Waterfront, and Amy Marion spearheaded the day’s event.
“Imagine, if you will, 1.7 million square feet of development and think about the future of our communities and what that will do to traffic, schools, police, fire fighters and all of the infrastructure,” said Friedman, pointing to the location across the harbor where the development is planned. “The wrong things are happening over there. This is not smart development, it’s over-development. This will not revitalize the waterfront, it will destroy the waterfront. Along with this extreme density will come high traffic, high pollution and huge impacts to infrastructure.”
Friedman said that this project is “a huge financial gamble for the city of Glen Cove” and that the construction itself could impact the quality of life on the North Shore.
“Ten years of construction will make the Glen Cove Creek area, the Sea Cliff Beach and the Hempstead Harbour Club virtually unusable,” said Friedman.
RXR Realty is expected to close on the sale of property later this year; Garvies Point is a $1 billion mixed-use plan to restore nearly 60 acres of Glen Cove’s waterfront to productive use, with 1,110 LEED-certified residential units, 75,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, approximately 28 acres of public open space and amenities and onsite parking.
The project represents the culmination of a 20-year, $120 million effort to create a more livable, sustainable Glen Cove. For more info, visit www.garviespoint.com.
“The people of the village of Sea Cliff and all the surrounding communities have been saying no to this overdevelopment since 2000 and obviously they haven’t heard us,” said Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy. “But we are not going away, we’re not giving up this fight. This is not a Glen Cove issue, it is a regional issue. This our waterfront, our beach and we should have a say. We need to fight and keep fighting. Do not give up.”
Kennedy and Amy Peters urged the crowd to attend the Glen Cove City Council and IDA meetings as well as the groundbreaking and opening of the Garvies Point Welcome Center to voice their opinions and let their opposition be known. The Welcome Center at 49 Herb Hill Rd. in Glen Cove is expected to open on Monday, May 23.
Visit www.sustainablewaterfront.org for more information.