On July 9, an application was made by the Glen Harbor Development Co. LLC to the Town of North Hempstead Board regarding a permit for the reconstruction of a 675’ steel bulkhead located at 1 Shore Rd. in Glenwood Landing.
The Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor (CSHH), a community group dedicated to identifying and eliminating environmental threats to Hempstead Harbor and the surrounding communities stated that plans for the redevelopment of the property were first considered in 2003. Following an environmental review process which included public hearings and comments, the Town of North Hempstead (TONH) approved the redevelopment project in early 2009. But before any major construction could begin, the site needed to be decontaminated.
The site was listed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Superfund site. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “A Superfund site is defined as any land that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the (EPA) as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health or the environment.”
Cleaning up a Superfund site is a complex, multi-phase process which can take many years to complete. A preliminary assessment is needed to review historical information and a visit to the site must be conducted to determine if it poses a threat to people and the environment. In 1994, approximately 14 tons of contaminated sludge and 870 tons of building debris were transported off-site for proper disposal; two 700,000-gallon underground tanks containing 3,200 gallons of flammable liquids were also removed and transported off-site for proper disposal. Long-term cleanup included soil vapor extraction, which treated the contaminated soil and a pump-and-treat system with bioremediation for the contaminated groundwater. According to the EPA, both of these operations further reduced any potential threat to human health and the environment.
According to the letter given out at the July 9 meeting, “CSHH has made a great effort to get the most current information regarding the Glenwood Landing condominium development so that the community will be informed about what is being built at the site.”
Ten years later, the site has been cleaned up to standards which will allow for a multi-unit residential building which will include up to 60 condominium units. The building will be four stories tall and approximately 51 feet high with an enclosed level parking garage, the entrance to the building will be located off Intervale Avenue. There will be no age restriction for ownership of the condominiums and children living in the building will attend the North Shore School District.
A boardwalk will also be built along the harbor and will be open to the public. There was an initial miscommunication regarding the installation of a dock, but according to the site plan it does not include a dock. A sewer line will also be installed and will run from the development site, along the water side of Shore Road, up the hill to Prospect Avenue to the Glen Cove sewage treatment plant. There will be one pump station that will be located on the project site.
The Nassau County Department of Public Works (NCDPW) will determine if an updated traffic study will be take place, as well as the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Shore Road and Intervale Avenue.
After the conclusion of two public hearings, the Town of North Hempstead Board stated that the application was in compliance with the town code and was approved. Construction is expected to take place on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no word yet regarding weekend construction, but the Town of North Hempstead will determine whether or not work will be approved during that time. The condominiums are set to be completed by January 2021.
—Additional information provided by the Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor