Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Website Opposing GWL Waterfront Condos Launched

A wealth of details about the proposal to construct a waterfront condominium apartment building on Shore Road in the Town of North Hempstead (TNH) portion of Glenwood Landing can be found at GlenwoodLandingInfo.com, a website launched today by residents opposed to the project.

More information, including renderings from the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), also can be found here at the Civic Spot (see Civic to Stress Open Space & Water Quality at Glenwood Landing Waterfront Hearing, July 16; Hearing Date Set for Waterfront Apartments, July 1; North Hempstead Accepts Environmental Impact Statement for Waterfront Apartments in Glenwood Landing, May 25).

GlenwoodLandingInfo.com contains maps showing the location of the proposed project, the lots involved and who owns them, the footprint of the proposed building, and the route of the proposed sewer line. There also is a brief history of the property and a summary of why the website author(s) believe the project would be detrimental to the community.

A hearing for a change of zone from industrial use to multi-family residential use is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22, at 7:30 p.m. at North Hempstead Town Hall, 220 Plandome Road, Manhasset. Acceptance of findings made in connection with the EIS also is on the agenda. The town must accept the findings before the addressing the rezoning application.

This project will affect everyone who lives in the North Shore School District, as well as those who live in Glen Cove, Roslyn, and all of Roslyn Harbor. It is extremely important for as many residents of the area as possible to attend the hearing to show their interest and to express their views. Call TNH to confirm the time and date of the hearing (869-7700). You also can ask where the matter appears on the agenda to give you an idea about how to schedule your evening. Written comments may be sent to TNH Supervisor Jon Kaiman, North Hempstead Town Hall, 220 Plandome Road, Manhasset, NY 11030.

According to the author(s) of GlenwoodLandingInfo.com, the disadvantages of the proposal far outweigh the advantages. Among the disadvantages cited are:

• the loss of 2.5 acres of waterfront property owned by the TNH, particularly since there is no public waterfront access on the eastern shore of Hempstead Harbor within the TNH;

• a traffic study that was conducted three years ago that did not consider other development currently underway or seriously contemplated in Roslyn, Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Glenwood Landing, Roslyn Harbor, and Glen Head, which concluded that the addition of 143 cars to daily traffic will have only a “moderate” affect on traffic;

• the claim that the addition of 160 residents and 140 bedrooms will add only 12 to 14 students to the school district;

• the public inconveience involved in construction of a sewer line that would be used only by those in the proposed development;

• the possibility of inadequate water pressure in as much as Glenwood Water currently operates at near capacity and the residents of the proposed project would consume an estimated 32,500 gallons of water per day for domestic use;

• lack of a finalized plan for "“fire flow" water to provide water for fire sprinklers and fire fighting;

• the possibility that a water tower would have be to constructed on top of the building;

• the inadvisability of constructing residental units near KeySpan generating plants, which are considered potential terroist targets by law enforcement;

• the possibility that this project would set a procedent for other waterfront projects on the Glenwood Landing Waterfront, particularly on the nearby Shore Realty site, which could be combined with adjacent commercial lots to create an even larger development.

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