Saturday, February 24, 2007

Glenwood / Glen Head Civic Concerned About Traffic Impact of Glen Cove Creek Development on Shore Road

The following letter concerning the Glen Isle development proposed for Glen Cove Creek has been sent to Thomas Scott, Chairman of the Glen Cove Planning Board, Glen Cove City Hall, 9 Glen Street, Glen Cove 11542, with a copy to Mayor Ralph Suozzi:

We are writing to you to express concern about the scale and scope of the Glen Isle project. The civic association is particularly concerned about traffic impacts, especially on Shore Road in Sea Cliff and Glenwood Landing and on Glenwood Road and Bryant Avenue in Roslyn Harbor and Roslyn.

This route is a well known “cut-through” linking Glen Cove with Northern Boulevard, the Willis Avenue entrance to the LIE, the Roslyn Road entrance to Northern State, and local destination points such as Manhasset, Port Washington, and Mineola. Anyone who frequents the area can testify to the vast increase in the number of vehicles using this route in recent years. As a result of this increase, driving times have become unpredictable. Furthermore, trips that once took no more than 10- to 15- minutes now frequently take 45 minutes or more.

You don’t need an engineering degree to have noted the change or to realize that the intensive development planned in Glen Cove will increase the amount of traffic on the Shore Road-Glenwood Road-Roslyn Road route. Yet, it does not appear that the Preliminary Environmental Impact Statement adequately addresses this concern, if it does so at all.

Because Glen Cove Avenue and Glenwood Road in Glenwood Landing provide access to the Shore Road-Bryant Avenue-Roslyn Road route and are frequently employed when the already overloaded Glen Cove Road-Northern Boulevard intersection backs up, we also are concerned about the impact of the Glen Isle project on these thoroughfares.

We think that the EIS must contain a realistic plan for addressing the many mutual traffic needs of Locust Valley, Glen Cove, Glenwood Landing, Glen Head, Roslyn Harbor, and Roslyn. We also think it must take into consideration cumulative impacts, including the new developments that are currently under review in nearby communities and the amount of open space remaining for development.

In addition, we believe that the height and footprint of the Glen Isle project will significantly impair view corridors from vantage points on both land and water. We consider view corridors to be a important public benefit. We think that the EIS must address ways to minimize the building height and footprint and how view corridors can be maximized.

We apologize for waiting so long to register formal comments and trust that these issues will be addressed.

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