Garvies Point – Frequently Asked Questions


What is planned at Garvies Point?
  • 1,110 units including two 140 foot towers (11 stories) to be located on Hempstead Harbor
  • Six additional residential buildings along the Glen Cove Creek
  • Parking for 3,200 additional cars in a 3-story concrete parking garage
  • A 7 acre park
  • 78,000 square feet of retail and office space
  • A total of over 1.8 million square feet of new development, which is equivalent to the size of the Roosevelt Field

How would this affect our Long Island community?

  • Construction will go on for at least 10 years according to the developer’s plans
  • All major roadways around the North Shore area will be significantly impacted – first by construction and later by additional residents’ cars, forever
  • Construction cranes and barges will traverse Hempstead Harbor and our North Shore beaches for years
  • This massive, 11-story complex will impact views from Tappan Beach, Gravies’ Point, Sea Cliff, Port Washington and Sands Point
  • Numerous sites scheduled for development have been classified as “Red Flag Areas” by the EPA and DEC. They have been contaminated by “radioactive slag” and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) which have not been removed
  • The Environmental Impact Statement does not include six other high-density developments recently completed or approved by the City of Glen Cove.
  • Dredging the area will have the likely effect of stirring up “unsuitable material” according to the Army Corp of Engineers
  • Public comments opposing this project have been ignored and the approval process was flawed

Will Glen Cove reap benefits from this development?

  • According to the City Council, “the agreed upon land purchase price is $15 million, of which, the city is projecting to receive $3.5 million after the satisfaction of certain agency obligations.” Glen Cove’s annual budget is over $72 million per year. So this entire mega-development covers just 4.9% of the annual budget
  • Glen Cove is now agreeing to float an additional bond ($97 million in new debt, or $120-$150 million total). The Planning Board voted to incur this colossal new debt without proper forecasts and analysis being available.
  • Renaissance Park, a 7 acre creek-side park is slated to be built on land that has been classified by the EPA as “having radioactive slag that has not been removed due to logistical issues”
  • Already deep in debt and rated the “most fiscally stressed city” by none less than the New York State Comptroller, Glen Cove will be borrowing much more, based on potential future revenues.
  • The new bonds the developer is requiring, $120 – $150 million, (at least $4,400 for each resident) is to subsidize billion-dollar developer RXR and prepare the land for this over-development. This is a violation of the spirit of the City’s agreement, where RXR was to be responsible for such costs.
  • Unlike what you hear from City Hall, most of the grants Glen Cove receives are 80/20, where the city has to pay 20%. In addition, the city has to lay out all the money and then the grants are paid as a reimbursement after the project is done. So, the city ends up floating bonds and paying interest for projects that they say are being funded by grants.
  • The number of jobs stated by Mayor Spinello and elsewhere appears grossly inflated. In fact, the recent bond application by the Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency cites only 222 permanent jobs – a far cry from residents have been promised.

Who is doing this?

This mega-development, unprecedented on Long Island in both size and scope, is being pursued by billion-dollar developer RXR, a firm that has donated to all of our elected officials via PAC’s and other means. RXR, which is not located on the North Shore, has indicated that it intends to foist other high-density housing developments across Long Island.
 
The City of Glen Cove is looking to large developments as a way out of serious financial trouble. The entire North Shore community will bear the cost of their ill-advised development strategy. The environmental impact study (EIS) for Garvies Point does not take into account numerous other high and medium density developments Glen Cove has approved:

  • Avalon 1 + 2 (256 + 111 units)
  • Carney Street Apartments (52 units)
  • Landing Cove (73 units)
  • North Manor Estates (46 homes)
  • The Piazza (110 units)
  • The Villas on Glen Cove Avenue (177 units)

Remember when you hear estimates about increased traffic, the six new developments above aren’t even included in their estimates!

Is it too late for me to help?

  • No! Two lawsuits have been filed recently, one by The Village of Sea Cliff and another by the Committee for a Sustainable Development. These suits seek to win a long denied seat at the table for the people of Glen Cove and all of the North Shore community. They encourage the reevaluation of the scale of the project and its environmental impact on our area.

Who is CSW?

The Committee for a Sustainable Waterfront, is a non-profit organization formed to work against the high density/high traffic development that billion-dollar developer RXR wants to develop at Garvies Point in Glen Cove.

How do I help?

  • Get the word out about this high traffic development to friends and neighbors across Long Island
  • Donate what you can online, so we can continue this costly legal battle
  • Let your local officials know this is not what you want built. It is critical our officials hear from you

Thank you!

 

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