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Letter: Assurances Needed For Proposed North Manor Estates

On March 29, an informational meeting was held to consider development of approximately 15 acres at Glen Cove Mansion. It was received with great concern. Twenty-five duplex buildings are proposed and will be known at North Manor Estates.

It was met with mixed reactions and became a venue for expressing concerns about roads, two years of construction, impact on schools, sewers, driveways and more.

Some participants listened and some left, firmly stating they don’t want it.

It is difficult to see the beautiful Pratt estate reduced in size. Developers are not popular with existing neighborhoods.

As you consider your viewpoint, please consider it carefully with the following in mind.

Glen Cove Mansion needs the revenue generated by this project to continue.

Among the positive benefits for Glen Cove that approval of the North Manor project will offer are $800,000 in taxes, construction of a public walkway along Dosoris Lane, and most importantly, it will provide a guarantee that the beautiful Pratt mansion and the remaining 30-plus acres will remain as is in perpetuity. Alternately, should this not be approved, Glen Cove Mansion owners could exercise their right to raze the mansion and create a community of single family homes.

As much as I would like to see the property remain intact I do realize that North Manor Estates is the lesser of two evils.

I would like to have written assurances that the following be included by the city in its approval of this project:

Review of the proposed two driveways, removing the proposed Lattingtown Road entry closest to Dosoris Lane and replacing it with a driveway to Old Tappan Road; designing the housing for 55-plus age group to avoid burdening the schools; building a new lift station instead of using the one at Longmeadow; specific assurances that the mature trees shown on the plans are to be planted as mature trees and not projections of heights that would take 20 years to mature; and to provide any maintenance on the existing Dosoris Lane stone wall to assure its continuation.

There were no architectural designs shown at the meeting. It will be very important that the architectural design of the proposed housing units is luxurious, upscale and harmonious with the architecture of the Pratt mansion itself. Keep in mind Mr. Pratt’s belief in the philosophy that there should be, “no inharmonious note to throw the whole out of tune.”

This was a country estate and new development should keep this in mind. The success of this project will depend upon how it impacts this community. I hope that the developers will create harmony with the mansion and its neighbors.

Corinne Kaufman