Friday, 13 July 2012 11:04
On May 29, we, the residents of Manhasset whose properties abut the old Village Bath Club site were indeed stunned by the Town of North Hempstead’s decision to convert this greenspace, which reaches so deeply into our neighborhood and into our very lives, into a parking lot for the Apple store.
The overwhelming majority of a standing-room only group of residents spoke passionately and convincingly against this project, and asked the town board to vote “no.” Amazingly, the board voted 5 to 1 against us (one member was absent and one voted with us). Five votes were all it took to destroy a neighborhood.
Yet, in the June 28 edition of the Manhasset Press, we learned that the town is willing to acquire the Roslyn Country Club for $7.5 million plus $2 million from the town’s Environmental Legacy Fund to preserve greenspace.
It is mind-boggling that the town is willing to spend millions of dollars to preserve a highly controversial project in Roslyn, but unwilling to support greenspace in Manhasset that will cost them nothing. Where are their priorities?