A land sale by Sands Point that could finance the expansion of the golf course at the Village Club of Sands Pt. will be completed "within days," according to a village official.
Three parcels in a new subdivision known as Water's Edge are sold or close to it, it was revealed at a July 28 meeting of the board of trustees. With the waterfront lots selling for well over $1 million each, the village could receive over $5 million in total for the environmentally-sensitive land. The property was given to the village by former NYS governor and village resident Averill Harriman.
With lot No. 1 already sold for $1.4 million, Lot No. 2 will sell for $1.5 million for its 3.5 acres, according to Mayor Leonard Wurzel. Lot No. 3's 2.5 acres will go for $1.2 million, he said. "We're not in contract yet," he said, but the sale would be in writing "within days."
Officials indicated proceeds from the sale could be used to pay for expanding the golf course from nine holes to 18 at the municipally-owned Village Club.
"I'd say it's a strong possibility," said Wurzel. "We haven't made any official determination yet."
Resolutions to prepare the low-lying land for sale, including large amounts of landfill to bring the buildable area up to the federally-mandated elevation of 15 ft. above sea level, were passed by the board, but not with out some questions and objections being raised by residents.
The plans call for Lot No. 2 to receive over 4,000 cu. ft. of fill with Lot No. 3 getting over 3,000 cu. ft. to bring the first floors of the future houses up to height to avoid flooding, according to engineer Robert Stanton, of Sydney Baum Consulting Engineers. "The maximum amount of fill will be 5.3 ft. in height," he said.
Officials indicated most of the fill would come from the nearby Harriman subdivision.
Some residents expressed concern about drainage from the new landfill. Resident Marian Goodman, whose property is next to Lot No. 3, presented photos of her land that had flooded after large storms and warned the new fill would complicate the drainage in the area.
"This land can't take that much water," she said. "Three-thousand cubic feet of fill is too much to put in that amount of land. I begyou to reconsider this."
"I'm not against the village making a profit," she said, "but I have been against (the landfill) from the beginning.
"I'm concerned where the drainage water will go," said resident Richard Alpert. "Into Hempstead Harbor? Into the water table?"
"It will be re-charged back into the ground," replied Stanton, the engineer. "The low areas do fill-up with water in the extraordinary events, such as rain from a '100-year storm' or a breach from the Long Island Sound. The water will eventually percolate into the ground."
Wurzel, who has championed the Water's Edge land division and sale, said the Village Planning Board feels the amount of landfill is safe and that the Village Board of Zoning and Appeals will have to make sure the houses and land are properly constructed.
"After six or seven months of hearing and all kinds of studies," he said, "the planning board drew three properties that can be built and the amount of fill that's required. The BZA will have to make sure that the houses are sited properly for the owners and the village. That's their job."
Stanton said freshwater wetlands ¬ which are federally protected from being disturbed or filled ¬ total about 1/2 acre between Lots Nos. 1 & 2. Over 100 trees, ranging from saplings to "over 16 inches" in diameter, will have to be removed before the landfill can be trucked in, graded, and construction on the two lots can begin.