The full room on April 8 at the Sands Point Village Hall demonstrated that a proposed subdivision has the attention of the community. Many residents of Sands Point from Hoffstots, Seacoast and Hilldale Lane and Glenn and Beach Road made statements and asked questions at the Sands Point Village Planning Board Hearing on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) submitted for the proposed subdivision of Lands End. This is the northeast point of land that juts into the Sound, containing 15.54 acres.
A lawyer, a site engineer, an historian, and an environmental engineer representing 4B's Realty answered questions as did village officials. Eric Swenson from the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee mentioned that the endangered breeding birds in the adjacent Prospect Point Bird Sanctuary and wetlands area could be harmed by the development. A summary of the DEIS is available on line at http://announce.sandpoint.org/DEIS-Executive Summary.pdf. Those who want to give written testimony need to deliver it by Monday, April 28, at 4 p.m. A transcript of the proceedings will be available towards the end of April.
The developer plans a subdivision of six lots of approximately two acres each and the demolition of the large 1902 house. The southeastern part of the property borders on wetlands and East Creek. Some of the houses to be built may need to be constructed on pilings up to 30-feet deep said the engineer representing the developer. Also there will need to be thousands of tons of fill material brought into the southeastern portion of the site, with lots 3, 4 and 5 needing to be raised up in some places to comply with FEMA flood regulations. Permission from the New York State DEC is needed to ensure that the wetlands are not disturbed.
One contentious issue was the placement of the water main connection. The Hagedorn family objected to the placement under their property and East Creek. The developer's site engineer said the connection could be made by installing a pipe 8 to 10 feet under East Creek using directional drilling technology, thus avoiding the need to dig a trench under the creek. The lawyer for the developer said they feel it is important to do whatever the water district wants. The Hagedorns also objected to any disturbance of the wetlands and East Creek.
Other residents complained about the truck traffic on their roads and the major disruptions they already have faced and will have to endure later. One resident through a lawyer suggested that the property was not large enough for 6 lots of 2 acres each because of the location near the bird sanctuary and other easements required. Another resident brought up the fact that previously the developer was caught illegally dumping fill. They have since paid a fine. The present mansion has no historic value and is in bad shape said the historian and village officials agreed. There was a challenge to that sentiment by one resident.