Sunday, March 19, 2006

Sewer Line: Consider Glenwood Landing

The Glenwood / Glen Head Civic Association, with support from the Todd Estates and Hill Terrace Civic Associations, has met with County Legislators Craig Johnson and Diane Yatauro about a sewer line that has been proposed for Shore Road. Our goal is to make sure that the project’s impact on Glenwood Landing will be fully evaluated before the proposal is accepted, that residents of Glenwood Landing would be fully informed before any road work begins, and that measures would be taken to minimize inconvenience to pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers if the project moves forward.

So far, documents filed in connection with the project seem to have left Glenwood Landing out of the mix. For example, it would seem that a project of this nature might present an opportunity to solve the cesspool and drainage problems that are prevalent in lower Glenwood Landing. But this possibility doesn’t seem to have been evaluated.

The sewer line has been proposed in connection with a waterfront apartment complex under review for the west side of Shore Road on land immediately south of the Glenwood Landing Power Station. The project includes privately held land where Harbor Fuel once operated, as well as public land owned by the Town of North Hempstead (TNH).

A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) submitted to TNH last year included two general scenarios: a 40-unit apartment building that would treat waste on site and a 60-unit building that would transport waste to the sewage treatment plant in Glen Cove via Shore Road. Because Shore Road is a county thoroughfare, the county would have permitting authority over construction of the sewer line. Under the current sewer line scenaro, the sewer line would not accommodate waste from any Glenwood Landing property other than the apartment complex.

We await a follow up meeting with Legislators Johnson and Yatauro and Peter Gerbasi, Deputy County Executive of Parks and Public Works.

TNH has held two public meetings in connection with the apartment complex proposal: a "scoping" session that gave the public an opportunity to suggest what the DEIS should include and a hearing in response to the DEIS. TNH and the Glenwood / Glen Head Civic Association did separate mass mailings to publicize both meetings. The Glenwood / Glen Head Civic Association, Hempsead Harbor Protection Committee, and Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor provided comments both times. When the developer submits a Final EIS to TNH, the town will schedule another public hearing.

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