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Letter: The Mansion Was Not Saved

Don’t be fooled by recent reports which proclaimed that the Pratt Mansion was saved by a vote at the last City Council meeting. It was a sad day for Glen Cove when the City Council voted 4-3 in favor of a rezoning plan that will allow for the development of 40 residential units on the mansion property. Disguised as “preservation zoning” that would ensure the structure that once housed members of the Pratt family would remain intact, it does in fact create an easier path for the mansion’s destruction. 


The master plan’s estate district preserves nothing; surrounding property values will go down, our commercial tax revenue could eventually be in jeopardy and the mansion remains at risk of being demolished. The estate district only prevents the construction of additional residential units on the remainder of the property. It does not save the mansion from being destroyed. 


Once again, the mayor and the council members who voted in favor of the zoning are not in step with the needs and concerns of Glen Cove residents. The rezoning plan was supported by the mayor and his consultants from day one. I, however, have consistently voiced my opposition to this plan, which has no benefit for our city. 


My vision is to have a developer come in that would expand the hotel and conference center and bring new clients to use the facility. There had been some talk of this possibly happening. City taxpayers would benefit from an increase in commercial tax revenue while our local merchants would benefit from the trickle-down effect of additional mansion clients spending money in our city. A new, enhanced mansion/conference center/spa will very likely contribute to making Glen Cove a destination location one day! 


Fellow Glen Covers don’t be fooled. The Glen Cove Mansion was not saved. 


Reginald Spinello