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, 25 October 2014 00:00
Village Square will feature the artistry of the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers this year as part of the annual Downtown Children’s Costume Parade on Saturday, Oct. 25, presented by the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.
“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave.
The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011).