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Letter: From Dream To Disaster

First time homebuyers spend weeks, months, maybe even years searching for their dream home. And when they find it, it is a feeling of extreme happiness and pride. When we started the search for our first home together, Glen Cove wasn’t even on our radar. Then about two years ago, our search lead us here. We were immediately charmed by the tranquil waterfront sanctuary Glen Cove provided for a couple looking to escape the hustle and bustle of congested central Nassau and overdeveloped Queens. Soon we came upon a house for sale on the quiet cul-de-sac of Rooney Court, and we knew at that moment that we had found our dream home.

Fast forward a year and a half and our dreams have been deflated, our happiness has become despair, and our pride has turned into remorse. Why? Because many of the reasons we chose to call this house in Glen Cove home are being threatened. The abundance of dense, lush, green trees behind our house, which are home to animals such as a hawk and red fox, stand to be drastically depleted. Our winter water views of the Long Island Sound stand to be obstructed. The quiet, idyllic, waterfront sanctuary we fell in love with stands to become overdeveloped and overpopulated. And who is to blame? The Villa at Glen Cove - a 200-plus unit multi-story condominium complex slated to be built right in our backyard. A project backed and encouraged by the city’s master plan, which has apparently been in development for years, but which we only found out about this summer. As new homeowners, we not only bought a house, but a place in a community, and an expected quality of life.

The Executive Summary of the Master Plan for the City of Glen Cove states:

“Akin to island living, Glen Cove is a place apart, with an unusually strong sense and appreciation that what happens ‘here’ affects everyone. Planning decisions should be made that not only preserve the current quality of life experienced in all of Glen Cove, but also find ways to make Glen Cove better…”

The city needs to honor its commitment to the community and stand by its word to preserve the quality of life and make Glen Cove better…for all its residents – past, present, and future – because what happens here, in our backyard, does affect everyone. We hope that our dream does not turn to disaster and that the Villa at Glen Cove does not become the urban monstrosity it is designed to be, but that Glen Cove remains the idyllic slice of suburbia it has been.

Dominic Longobucco and Sonja Seidel