Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00
Memorial Day just past. It was a wonderful holiday weekend getting together with family and friends to honor those men and women who have given their lives for our country as well as for all of us.
And it got me thinking, why can’t my own fellow neighbors, men and women living in the City of Glen Cove, why can’t we give our time and come together in support?
I recently attended the Planning Board meeting on May 20 to discuss the proposed six building multi-complex, 194 units, going up along the Glen Cove Avenue corridor. I counted 30 residents from Glen Cove at the meeting. Thirty residents attended, meanwhile the population for
Glen Cove is 27,000 residents. The other eight to 10 individuals present at the meeting were with the developer, Daniel Livingston. It was a chance for Daniel Livingston and his entourage of characters to present their plan. A plan that he swears has already been approved by the Master Plan (not true).
What Daniel Livingston fails to give any thought to is this: the Master Plans are just that, a plan, an idea and only after researched, analyzed, studied and proven to be good business sense, only then will the plan go into action. Not before then. After all, I had a plan to enjoy the tree scape behind my property never thinking I would be looking at anything but, the sunset and water view in my backyard each night. It never occurred to me that my city of birth, Glen Cove, would allow the land behind my house, the Boys and Girls Club, which was zoned for recreation to be sold to a developer, and re-zoned so residential property, could be developed.
[On June 17] my fellow City of Glen Cove men and women, you will have an opportunity to discuss whether you think this is a good plan. And if you choose not to attend the Planning Board meeting then please, don’t complain later about the traffic on Glen Cove Avenue and the downtown area. Don’t complain about the six building complex structures that don’t fit in to the landscape. Don’t complain that we are over developing housing while businesses are suffering. Don’t complain.
Once again, what is the Master Plan? The Master Plan’s goals and objectives: “Protect and enhance Glen Cove’s established residential neighborhoods, while providing a variety of housing options to meet the needs of current and future residents. Protect the scale, density and character of Glen Cove’s stable and well-maintained neighborhoods. Promote livable, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible growth.”
And what is Daniel Livingston’s Master Plan? Daniel Livingston’s Master Plan is to line his pocket with $28-$35 million in over-development for the City of Glen Cove. And it’s not that we don’t welcome growth and development, we resent the arrogance and the scale of the development. And it is that which we do not welcome.
— Erin Hogan