Opinion

On behalf of Preserve Our Waterfront, we would like to thank all our neighbors, friends and local activists in Port Washington for supporting POW in its opposition to the proposed Bradley hotel and conference center. Since the town's decision on the developer's application for rezoning, underground parking and other relief from the town's zoning regulations, was somewhat of a compromise, we would like to summarize the decision for our supporters.

The town board conditionally denied the developers' application, essentially stating that the project as proposed was too large for the location, while denying outright the request for underground parking. This denial was accompanied by a restrictive approval of the developer's application to rezone approximately the rear third of the property from residential to commercial allowing for greater development of the site. Notably, the decision granted the developers an opportunity to submit an alterative plan to develop a hotel, inn or bed and breakfast-type lodging on the site.

The town board unanimously and definitively reiterated its strong desire for the construction of a hotel in Port Washington. It was only due to the vigorous and concerted opposition by POW, its professionals and supporters that the oversized, burdensome Bradley project was prevented in its proposed form. There appears to be no doubt, however, that the site will be developed for commercial purposes.

Reportedly, the site is on the market and is being considered for various uses. This developer may return with another application for a hotel project. Whether another hotel or other commercial use is proposed, POW will be active in promoting measured and reasoned decision-making in the development of the site.

POW appreciates your loyalty and generous support. Our volunteer members have been addressing community issues regarding development in and around the delicate waterfront area in Port Washingon for almost a decade and could not do that without your help. Our organization relies on the support of the community and people like you to represent a counterbalance to developers with substantial resources. In promoting the protection of the waterfront area, POW has raised almost $12,000 from the community, but still needs another $8,000 to pay professionals POW has hired and will need to engage to promote the welfare of the community and oppose overdevelopment of the lower Main Street site and other waterfront areas.

Please continue to support Preserve Our Waterfront at P.O. Box 1311, Port Washngton, NY 11050.

Tinu Thakore

Preserve Our Waterfront Committee


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