Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00
Glen Cove has received a critical allocation of funding for the Glen Cove Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin Project. The city received $875,951 from the Federal Highway Administration to construct the phase of the LEED-standard terminal building that will service commuters, including ticket sales, passenger waiting areas and customer service offices. Funding was secured with the assistance of the New York State Congressional Delegation, including Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Representative Peter King.
Mayor Ralph Suozzi said, “This is great news for the city and for Long Island. The funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Ferry Boat Discretionary Program, through the New York State Department of Transportation, will allow the city to begin construction of the Ferry Terminal Building, which is a key component of the Glen Cove Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin Project. I am grateful to the New York State Congressional Delegation for their efforts, for their commitment, and for their continued support and partnership in helping Glen Cove to revitalize our waterfront and pursue economic opportunities that will benefit our city and our region.”
The Glen Cove Ferry Terminal is the first new municipal building to be constructed in 30 years, and it is designed to be a new seat for community activity and an anchor for the city’s waterfront redevelopment. The building is designed to attain LEED certification, and includes public spaces for events and shows. The site is surrounded by landscaped parkland overlooking Long Island Sound, and connected to downtown Glen Cove by a pedestrian esplanade lining Glen Cove Creek.
The Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin Project is designed to accommodate many different sizes of boats; in addition to commuter service to New York City, anticipated attractions will include recreational boating opportunities such as transportation destination like Citifield and Rye Playland, dinner cruises, and sightseeing tours.
“This terminal is not only an opportunity to create jobs, support economic activity, and increase transit options- it also re-establishes and identifies Glen Cove as a waterfront community,” states Mayor Suozzi.
The ferry terminal and boat basin will be an attraction for visitors and residents, supporting the city’s efforts to revitalize its waterfront. The terminal is located at the heart of over 52 acres of remediated Superfund sites, brownfields, and hazardous waste storage sites, which the city has worked for decades to clean up with federal, state and county partnership. The city is working with a private redevelopment partner, RxR Glen Isles, to implement an ambitious redevelopment plan including 860 residential units; a luxury hotel including banquet and meeting facilities; 75,000 square feet of office space, retail, and restaurants; 85 new boat slips; and nearly 20 acres of accessible public open space along the waterfront. The project is anticipated to spur economic activity in Glen Cove and surrounding communities, and provide employment opportunities for thousands of workers.
“This funding will not only help assist Glen Cove’s waterfront transformation but will provide a positive, long term economic impact for Long Island,” says Representative Pete King.
“This is a huge victory for the dream of creating a ferry link between Glen Cove and New York City,” says Senator Charles Schumer. “By funding construction of the ferry terminal, we’ve now secured every necessary dollar to complete the crucial first phase of the Glen Cove Waterfront Revitalization Project that will not only provide convenient transportation to New York City, but also transform the waterfront, spur the local economy and create jobs.”
“This federal investment is a huge win for the City of Glen Cove and the communities of Nassau County,” says Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “Not only will Glen Cove create ferry service to New York City, but this terminal will increase economic development opportunities as part of the larger waterfront development project. I am proud to support this project and will continue working with the local community on the development.”
Phase I of the ferry terminal and boat basin was completed in July, and included dredging Glen Cove Creek, installation of new bulkhead, ramps and docks, site grading, paving, and landscaping, installation of utilities, and construction of parking lots and building foundations. Phase 2 and 2A comprise the terminal building. The terminal will be operational at the conclusion of Phase 2, which includes the entire first floor of the terminal and portions of the second floor. Phase 2A includes a second floor restaurant, the new office of the Glen Cove Harbor Master, and administrative spaces, and will be constructed concurrently with the terminal’s active use. The city plans to issue a bid document for the Phase 2 of the new terminal within a month, matching the new grant with over $2.2 million in previously secured funding.