Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Demolition Permit Issued for Glenwood Road Subdivision

The Town of Oyster Bay Building Department confirms that on April 26 the Building Department issued a demolition permit for structures located on the northwest corner of Glenwood Road and Kissam Lane opposite the Glenwood Landing Post Office, where a 7-unit subdivision has been proposed. The permit includes removal of underground oil tanks.

The subdivision has been under review for several years. An environmental review found that the site contained significant Native American artifacts. Demolition of structures and excavation was delayed until the applicant removed the artifacts to a location where they would be preserved. Proof of removal apparently has been submitted to the satisfaction of the appropriate authorities.

The existing buildings have stood on the site since the 19th century. They were originally owned by the Townsends, one of Glenwood Landing's earliest families. The civic association commissioned a historical study of the site and submitted it to the TOB Landmarks Commission with the hope that it would be possible to preserve the structures. Unfortunately, no mechanism was found.

The civic association has participated in review of the subdivsion and proposed several alternatives, including a cluster plan and a five-structure/six-unit plan.

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