Written by Michael Bruschini Friday, 22 October 2010 00:00
For the many residents concerned about the proposed tire retreading factory operating at the redeveloping waterfront near Garvies Point, the decision rendered at the Glen Cove Planning Board on Oct. 18 was a breath of fresh air.
Previously, at the Sept. 21 meeting, various members of the community came out to show strong disapproval of the factory, staying late into the night, waiting for a chance for their voice to be heard. This time, they did not need the same patience. Early into the meeting, Planning Board Chairman Thomas Scott announced they would deny the application later in the meeting, which brought applause from the attendees.
Also early in the meeting, the Planning Board announced they would not hear the application for the cell phone antennae proposed to be placed on the water towers between Landing School and Janet Lane. Scott announced there will be a notification sometime in the near future for when the next hearing will be.
First on the agenda was Livingston Development Corp.’s application for the development of The Villa at Glen Cove. This application is for a 226-condominium complex, comprised of one to three bedroom homes, to be located on Glen Cove Ave. in between Craft and Young Avenues. After the attorney for Livingston explained his development was in consistence with both the Environmental Impact Statement, and the Glen Cove Master Plan, the floor was opened to residents, who had mixed feelings about the proposed development. While both heads of the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown BID voiced their approval of the proposal, several residents questioned the need for another apartment complex downtown, and also cited traffic concerns. One resident voiced concern that Craft Avenue would be closed due to the development, though a representative answered that as the application currently stands, there are no plans to close Craft Avenue.
Next was an application to permit a new restaurant, Asian Fusion of Glen Cove, at 66 School Street. Business owners with stores in the nearby vicinity attended to explain why a restaurant such as Asian Fusion would interfere with their business. However, there were some arguments for the restaurant. As the Chamber’s Glenn Howard explained, empty storefronts are not good for the downtown. “We want businesses downtown”, he reiterated. The decision on the restaurant was reserved for the next meeting.
Third on the agenda was an application for Putnam Estates, which calls for the development of nine townhouse type units and one open space lot at the southeast end of Putnam Avenue and Daly Place. Representatives said that the project will have little impact on traffic in the area, and that the building would be clustered to minimize construction. When the floor was opened to the public, residents from the area expressed disapproval, wondering how the units would sell, and that emergency vehicles already could not properly get through on the street. There was also a great concern that the already insufficient parking situation along Putnam Ave. would become worse.
One resident received loud applause when she took a preservationist approach in her disapproval of the development, wondering, “Can’t we just have a place in this city just to look at without seeing another house, or a development? I’ve been upset, now I’m angry at the whole process. It takes hours upon hours of [everybody assembled here] to simply decide if somebody should build something...”
Last on the agenda was the application for the Glen Cove Shopping Center to construct a second floor at 189 Forest Ave. This proposed construction is said to extend the height of the shopping 30 feet, comprised mostly of office space, and will take approximately a year to construct. The application for the project was approved.
Also, a request to consider an extension of time to submit the final plan for the proposed townhouse project at 40 Hill Street, known as Landing Cove, was approved.