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Letter: Save The Villa

The opportunity to transform a long time blighted area is upon us….BUT quickly slipping away!  WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!  As many of my friends know, Livingston Development Corp has been looking to reshape the southern Glen Cove Avenue gateway into Glen Cove for almost a decade where we currently have dilapidated, rundown, ugly, embarrassing, buildings. Livingston has worked closely with the community and city to develop a project that is complimentary to Glen Cove, much needed in Nassau County, and so desperately desired on Long Island’s Gold Coast.  

 

The Villa is a residential development that is visually appealing and provides a quality of living by offering underground valet parking, rooftop terraces, patios, an indoor pool, fitness center, lush landscaping, tree, lantern and paver lined sidewalks, and much more.

They have even incorporated a 22 passenger shuttle service during peak hours to the train stations, downtown, and ferry to alleviate any traffic concerns. However, although the zoning was approved and adopted almost four years ago, years of volley balling, broken promises, and lack of leadership has led Livingston to a crossroad and pondering one thought…will this project ever get approved?

 

It is my understanding that Livingston is considering possible exit strategies if The Villa does not get approved soon- one being to sell their seven contiguous lots (or four acres along Glen Cove Ave) to a low income housing developer who has already approached

Livingston with strong interest in buying them out. Yes- you read it right!  This may very well become the largest area of low income housing per square acre in all of Nassau County! 

 

The chance to reinvigorate the economy, commerce, aesthetic, and overall reputation of the City CANNOT be lost!  We must voice our support for the Villa project now before it is too late! 

 

 If we do not act now we will lose this opportunity!

 

Mary Stanco

 

President, Glen Cove

 

Chamber of Commerce