Opinion

The FEIS for Mill Pond Acres from 2002 included a provision for eight acres of open space. Sandy Hollow Associates donated this land to be used by the Village of Port Washington North for a community recreation center and bird sanctuary. Now this land, which borders Radcliff and Glamford Avenues and Valley Road, is in the process of being subdivided and sold to an out-of-town developer (Shree Ganesh Realty) with a plan to construct 44 condominium units, roads, and a clubhouse for a private community called the "Oasis."

No independent environmental impact study has been done so far for this new proposed development. There has also been very little publicity about it, yet it poses some environmental concerns for residents of the surrounding areas. An independent assessment is needed to insure that flooding and silt erosion will not impact neighboring residences.

The proposed development will increase traffic on residential streets to the north and east in the TONH and Village of PWN and increase pollution and noise in these areas. The removal of many acres of trees in an already densely developed region will further decrease air quality. There is also the issue of construction noise (such as the installation of pilings) and heavy trucks hauling soil and construction materials along residential streets in the Terrace section. The Port Washington Water District should be consulted as to the effect on water supply. Salt-water intrusion in the aquifer may limit pumping capability. More construction will also increase demands on commuter parking and police protection.

If the amount of development thus far is already a strain on municipal resources, how can even more development be rationalized? This area should be left as open space as originally intended.

I urge those who are interested to attend the public hearing on Jan. 23 at PWN Village Hall, to write to the trustees of Port Washington North, and to otherwise express their opinions.

Carol Cohn


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