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.
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.