Can anyone imagine selecting a site for athletic fields next to the railroad tracks and a highway where tens of thousands of cars and trucks (many 18-wheelers) go 70 mph?
There is no place within miles more beautiful than the four- or five-mile Greenvale-Glen Cove Road stretch from Greenvale Railroad Station to Glen Head Road. There is not a house to be seen except horse stables. A picture out of the past.
Now, there is a proposal to build a 30 school bus garage and repair shop where the horse stables are and be adjoined by athletic fields! In other words, eliminate this beautiful stretch of countryside and have our children play next to the railroad tracks while parents with all their cars watch on or off this state highway where tens of thousands of cars and some trucks with 18 wheels pass in a 55 mph zone at "70" mph.
Why not select the Glenwood Landing ferry site that has been proposed?
The horse farm is a good place for another horse farm or a residential site as it's in a residential area.
You have seen Glen Head Road go from a residential road to a commercial road. Look at Sea Cliff Avenue. Look at Old Brookville Plaza. Look at where Cedar Swamp Road and Glen Head Road meet. Do you see the dominos falling? Do you see your residential Glen Head, Sea Cliff, Glenwood Landing, and Old Brookville going the way of Glen Cove and Greenvale?
Where are the master (zoning plans? Why do you live here? How important is rural living to you?
Too many live here to make money to retire to Florida and do not care what this area (Cedar Swamp) looks like in 2020. If you recently moved here, you think this is country. If you have lived here for over 40 years, you see a Hicksville, a Bayside or whatever in 2015. This is no longer horse country. Where are the pheasant, the deer, etc.?
There, obviously, are those who want to take our last stretch (five miles) of rural scenery and replace it with a huge ugly garage with ugly looking yellow buses in its midst, to say nothing, which is more important, of proposing that our children play by the railroad tracks and along a highway where vehicles go 70 mph (and many could not stop within 100 feet). Buses can go to garages to be repaired and park in school parking lots!
Who can vote to destroy our last scenic road and create danger for our children?
John G. Peterkin, Founder
Cedar Swamp Historical Society
P.S. Our public school facilities have more luxury features than some of New England's wealthy schools. The north side of the high school is an area for more parking and a garage. New York City schools have no acreage, no athletic fields, and yet extremely successful people graduate from city schools. A school is not a country club, yet almost one-third of the budget is for non-academic expenses. Will graduates be able to keep up such activities?