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.
“The new 7-11 will be a 24-7 operation that will create considerable light pollution to the residential area behind the building,” said Montesano. “Their plans for an illuminated free standing sign and two illuminated directional signs will be a major disturbance to residents who live in the area.”
Montesano said that the location is also a high volume traffic area with Glen Cove Volvo on one side of the street and a Land Rover dealership and Enterprise Agency on the other side.
“It is a high volume traffic area with substantial vehicle traffic and no parking regulations on the street. In the wintertime this location gets piled up with ice and snow and you are just asking for a substantial accident to occur,” he said.
Another Frost Pond Road resident, Elizabeth Dapp, said her car had been at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road years ago when the traffic was much lighter.
“It is a very bad corner with a tremendous amount of traffic,” said Dapp. “I’ve seen a lot of accidents there and by building this 7-11 you are only asking for a very tragic situation to be repeated over and over again.”
Michael Sordi, an attorney representing 529 residents who signed an application in opposition of the new 7-11, said that there was no justifiable reason given as to why the three standing signs should override the city’s code on property line setbacks.
“They’re asking for a one-foot setback for their signage when the city code clearly states that there is a minimum 15-foot setback for signs from the property line of a business. It is unjustifiable other than it is corporate policy.”
Sordi said that historically the City of Glen Cove had no codes written on 24-hour illumination from stores, but over the years light pollution has been an increasing concern in communities.
“Now the City of Glen Cove and other municipalities like the Town of Oyster Bay and Sea Cliff currently have ordinances in effect or they’re proposing ordinances that businesses can’t be illuminated 24 hours, day and night.”
Sordi also said that residents are very concerned about the potential traffic situation if a new 7-11 is built.
“Since it is a 24-7 business, the trucks, including tractor trailers, will be in and out of that location constantly making multiple deliveries. That doesn’t even include the carting trucks that will be there three to four times a week hauling away the dumpsters. You’re asking for a traffic flow nightmare here.”
Ruth Dichiara, who lives on Smith Street, said that she wanted to make her opposition known in regards to a new 7-11 being built.
“I use that intersection often and I’ve seen plenty of accidents and many near misses,” said Dichiara. “I would hate to see somebody killed at that intersection.”
Dichiara ended by saying, “The fact of the matter is we already have two 7-11’s here and we don’t need another 7-11 in Glen Cove!”
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015.
The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families.
This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar.
I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.