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.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00
Zachary Gotterbarn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 72, is an extraordinary 9-year-old who recently exhibited maturity and courage beyond his years. While riding in a car with his mom, Zachary sprang into action to help his young cousin who was choking on a cookie. Without hesitation, Zachary quickly used the “finger sweep,” a technique he learned in Scouting, and dislodged the cookie blocking his cousin’s airway. Zachary saved his cousin’s life. During a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Reginald Spinello and the City Council commended Zachary for his heroic act. Glen Cove Volunteer EMS Chief Tom Kenary presented Zachary with an honorary EMS member pin and tee-shirt. Zachary is pictured with Mayor Spinello, the City Council, and his family.
Saturday, 19 April 2014 00:00
In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent
Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.
As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719), P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).
The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6. Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0. The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on. Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half. Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.