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Proposed Waterfront Amenities

Tom Graham, project manager at RXR Realty, the real estate operating company in charge of the waterfront redevelopment project, went over all of the public amenities at Wednesday night’s town hall meeting at Glen Cove City Hall.

 

Graham said that the 20.8 acres of open space will include an esplanade/walkway, bike path and 2.9 miles of upland pathways. This is in addition to a planned Art & Culture Center with amphitheater and public parking, Renaissance Park with recreation area and

gazebo and a marina park with a café building and available public parking.

 

A full service luxury marina with yacht basin and an esplanade with wetlands, nature walk and observatory pier is planned, as well as an 8,000-square-foot playground with tot lot play equipment and pre-teen equipment.

 

“This is an exciting project and a cool, green sustainable effort,” said Graham. “In the next 12 months we plan to start construction and moving things along.”

 

Rick Parisi, of the Landscape Architecture and Urban Design firm M. Paul Friedberg & Partners, said that his firm wanted to create an open space where “people want to come down to all the time.”

 

“People can come down to have a cup of coffee, fly a kite, take a walk on the waterfront or just take in the sights,” said Parisi. “We want to make it a place where people want to be here all the time.”

 

There were a lot of questions from residents about proposed security at the waterfront, parking availability and recreational activities.

 

“We have no special security plans at this time but are working with the police department, parks department and fire department on this matter,” said Graham.

 

He added that the area would be very well lit with “nautical-type lights along the roads and waterfront.”

 

As far as parking, Graham said that there are close to 2,000 parking spaces planned for the site for employees and visitors.

 

He said that the area would be easily accessible with Garvies Point Road and Herb Hill Road being “the main way in and out and Dickson Street being another possible entrance.”

 

One resident wanted to know if there would be facilities for team sports such as baseball or volleyball.

 

“There will not be any sports fields because they take up a lot of space and are not sustainable,” said Graham. “There will be room for passive recreational activities but no team sport activity.”

 

He added that every residential building on the property will have its own recreation unit.

 

John Fabio, oresident of the Greenvale Civic Association, wanted to know if there had been any traffic studies done at the area of Glen Cove Road and Northern Blvd.

 

“The Glen Cove Road/25A intersection is the second busiest intersection in the county and I’m concerned about the impact of traffic when this whole thing is finally finished,” said Fabio.

 

Graham said that there has been an offsite traffic improvement plan on every major intersection on Northern Blvd., which has been ongoing for the past three years in anticipation of this completed project.


News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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