Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00
After reading Councilman Spinello’s letter regarding the Glen Cove Mansion and all of the misinformation contained in it, I find it necessary to respond. It is hard to believe that Mr. Spinello was at the same meeting as the rest of us, considering the nonsense he puts forth in his letter.
As the head of the company that manages the Glen Cove Mansion, I can assure you and the residents of the City of Glen Cove, that the action taken by Mayor Suozzi and Councilmen Tenke, DiLeo and Famiglietti, absolutely did save the mansion.
What Mr. Spinello and other detractors fail to realize is that the value of that property is in the land and in what can be developed there. Prior to this re-zoning, the mansion had the right, without city council approval, to tear down the existing buildings and build 50 single family homes. Absent the implementation of the Estate Preserve Floating Zone, the property could have been, and would have been, developed into 50 single-family homes covering that entire property.
The Estate Preserve Floating Zone has been a critical component of the City of Glen Cove’s Master Plan which was adopted in 2010. The Master Plan was developed by a task force of more than 30 Glen Cove community members - including business and community leaders, lay people, professionals, school and clergy members, city attorneys and planning and zoning board members. Their efforts created the first comprehensive Master Plan for the City of Glen Cove in more than 55 years. Mr. Spinello fails to mention this fact whatsoever.
It is only because of the Estate Preserve Floating Zone that the Glen Cove Mansion will continue to stand. Furthermore, city residents can be assured that it will continue to stand, since a crucial part of the zoning that Mayor Suozzi adopted included a Preservation Plan – that must be recorded in the County Clerk’s office – which guarantees that the Glen
Cove Mansion cannot be demolished to make way for additional development.
Mr. Spinello’s convenient omission of this fact, along with his claim that the property’s tax generation will nearly double from this project, reveals an underlying political motivation that has nothing to do with his contrived concern for preserving the City of Glen Cove’s historic treasures.
Dennis Langley, Co-President
Montclair Hotels GCNY, LLC