“A party kicking off the redevelopment of Glen Cove’s formerly industrial waterfront was crashed by protesters Wednesday.
Uniondale-based RXR Realty and the City of Glen Cove teamed up to get the project, called Garvie’s Point, moving forward after 20 years on the drawing board. Mayor Reginald Spinello says the development will bring in $400 million in taxes over the next 40 years, as well as 1,000 jobs.
“We’re cleaning up the waterfront and we’re taking 56 acres of unusable property and returning it to our tax roll,” he said.
While well-dressed officials celebrated the ribbon cutting, a few dozen protesters across the street shouted out boos while holding signs.
The group criticized the city for allegedly not listening to its residents and for being a bad neighbor.
Many are worried about a pair of 12-story apartment buildings that will be built right on the beach.
“This is gross overdevelopment. It is not what this waterfront should look like. It’s too large, the buildings are too large. It’s going to cause unbelievable traffic,” resident Maureen Tracy.
Despite the protest, officials say environmental remediation will get underway in a few weeks…”