Thank you for coming to learn about what's happening at Garvies Point in Glen Cove.
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The proposed development here has been talked about for quite some time.
It was presented to residents as a "Mystic Seaport-type" of Destination:
Instead, the proposed development now includes:
• Two 11-story, high-density apartment towers
• Six additional large residential buildings
• Over 1,100 apartment units
• 3-story parking garage
• Parking for around 3,200 vehicles
• Over 1.7 million square feet of development
It's now the size of Roosevelt Field – completely unprecedented in size and scope.
Unlike what Glen Cove officials and developer RXR now contend, we are NOT AGAINST DEVELOPMENT AT GARVIES POINT.
We simply ask that this project be developed in character with our community.
What are the issues for our communities?
There is no meaningful plan to deal with a massive traffic influx in and around the North Shore.
All major roadways from the North Shore region to the LIE will be significantly impacted – with ten years of construction and later by additional cars, forever.
What's in the "Plan" to deal with traffic?
Glen Cove and the developer have proposed to...
PLANT MORE TREES
We kid you not...
• Major increased wait times at the Glen Cove Road and Northern Blvd intersection?
• Significant traffic increases on Rt. 107 (Cedar Swamp Road) through Brookville, Old Brookville & Upper Brookville?
• Congestion, emissions, heavy equipment damaging and clogging Long Island roads for years?
Long Islanders will just have to live with it!
And remember: all traffic projections include only Garvies Point – none of the other mid and high density developments the city has approved.
Glen Cove Development List:
• Avalon 1 + 2 (256 + 111 units)
• Carney Street Apartments (52 units)
• Landing Cove (73 units)
• North Manor Estates (46 homes)
• The Piazza (110 units)
• Garvies Point (1,140 units)
• The Villas (177 units)
Imagine how much worse traffic will get for all of us...
2) Questionable Benefits
Number of permanent jobs now reduced to 222 – a far cry from what residents have been promised.
Glen Cove must borrow another $120-150 million to essentially subsidize the developer - and pay interest on all of it. (update: it's actually not clear who is paying this interest, how or when...)
The New York State Comptroller himself took the extraordinary step of warning Glen Cove not to forecast and budget based on potential revenue. "The Comptroller makes suggestions, but we don't have to listen to him," was the mayor's response.
After settling obligations, Glen Cove is projecting to receive $3.5 million - the rest is based on "potential future revenues" at least ten years away.
Temporary, housing for low-cost construction workers is included in the plan.
3) Serious Environmental Concerns
The land around Garvies Point has a long history of heavy industrial uses, and was some of the most contaminated in the Northeast. Garvies Point includes two EPA Superfund sites and numerous Brownfields. Examples from dec.ny.gov:
Li Tungsten Superfund site: radioactive slag - the EPA is returning this year to continue removing radioactive waste here.
Doxey site: "Residual TPH, PAHs and gross contamination above the Site SCOs has been left in place post remediation." (this is planned to be a playground)
Mattiace Petro Chemicals Superfund site: "Current site data indicates that contamination still remains. Volatile organic compounds including tetrachloroethene, trichloroethene, 1,2-dichloroethene, xylene, ethylbenzene, 1,2-dichlorobenzene and vinyl chloride continue to exist in the groundwater, soil, and soil vapor at concentrations exceeding remedial objectives."
Info on the Toxic Land at Garvies Point:
The land around Garvies Point is set to eventually be "remediated," which is not the same as clean.
For example, residents will be prohibited from planting a garden.
Permanent "toxic monitoring wells" are required. Would you live here?
There are several underground plumes of contamination that cannot be controlled. No one knows where these toxins will travel.
Dredging the area will have the likely effect of stirring up “unsuitable material” according to the Army Corp of Engineers. (which will probably move into Hempstead Harbor and our beaches)
Resurgent clam and shellfish beds will be threatened. Once again.
"Vapor Mitigation Barriers" to be used instead of actually cleaning the land.
4) Out of Place & Poorly Planned
This development is completely out of character with the North Shore, and all of Long Island. Residents do not want 11-story high-density housing in the suburban communities they choose to live in.
The massive, 11-story complex will impact views from Tappan Beach, Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Port Washington and Sands Point.
Current luxury apartment rentals in buildings like Avalon are nowhere near full occupancy.
All local LIRR stations are at or above capacity.
To be built on a Flood Plane, with a history of total flooding.
ZERO low-income housing is included.
5) Bad for Glen Cove Business & Community
Incredible amount of debt required to subsidize a billion-dollar developer threatens Glen Cove's fiscal solvency.
Huge traffic increases from this and other planned developments prevent customers from outside of Glen Cove from reaching, or doing business, within the city.
Wealthier residents flee an apartment-laden Glen Cove for the suburban quality of life they’re after. Businesses close.
Increased stresses on schools, water, sewage, emergency services, etc force tax increases. Such costs to the City are not being realistically included.
Property values plummet as our communities start to look and feel more like… Queens.
6) Influence Peddling & Lack of Public Input
Billion-dollar developer RXR has donated to nearly all of our elected officials.