Residents of Glen Cove know that the development of the waterfront has been a topic of much debate. The process for moving forward with construction has been a careful one. The City of Glen Cove has recently announced that along with a final draft of the general Master Plan for the city, a Final Scope for a Draft Environmental Impact Statement is also now approved.
In March 2006, the Glen Cove City Council adopted a moratorium on all residential subdivisions. The Glen Cove Planning Board and city council reported that they then undertook, "A study of land uses, land use controls and infrastructure within the city," as well as ways to meet the city's future needs.
At this point, from these studies, a draft Master Plan has been created and accepted by the city council. It is called a "unified vision" for future development in Glen Cove.
Along with the plan, the city council has voted this month that a draft of an environmental impact statement should be created. The council said that the master plan is at a point where its environmental impact could be examined. Creating this environmental impact draft was advised by the city's consultants.
This document is called the Final Scope for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi told the Record Pilot that the scoping document puts a framework around the potential development, "setting up the bookends for the review. It will say what is included in an environmental review."
Mayor Suozzi said that the original document was not sufficient and had to be improved upon with public input and professional recommendations.
"When I took office, professionals were saying that the scoping document was not adequate. But it was beyond the statute of limitations to add to it. So a very big thing this year was re-opening the document. Our consultants advised us to do this and we utilized a lot of public input this time," the mayor said.
The Final Scope is thus the product of issues raised by members of the community at a public meeting and through comments submitted to the planning board by its consultants, from involved agencies and other interested parties, meant to ensure that a thorough review of the project will be done. People, for instance, suggested intersections that should be explored for traffic as well as issues like noise pollution that should be examined.
Mayor Suozzi said that five different professionals have commented to him that this document is more comprehensive.
The city is still looking at an 8-10 year build out once they are ready to start development. The mayor said there could be shovels in the ground in 12-18 months, economy willing.
"This is a gigantic project with a lot of moving parts," he added, "But we remain optimistic and that is the estimate so far."
The potentially billion dollar project for the waterfront is being developed by RexCorp-Glen Isle Partners, LLC, a joint venture between RexCorp Realty, Long Island's largest real estate developer, and Glen Isle Partners, LLC, the originally designated redeveloper for the property.
The group expressed enthusiasm for the scoping process saying, "The approved document represents the continued success of a true public/private partnership between the City of Glen Cove and the development team in their joint efforts to bring to fruition the much anticipated redevelopment of Glen Cove's underutilized waterfront."