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Letter: Livingston Development: A Welcome Improvement

When I served as mayor of Glen Cove from 1994 to 2001, I always envisioned how much better Glen Cove Avenue from the Boys and Girls Club to the top of the hill would be if it was all residential and not a hodgepodge of commercial and residential. 

 

Over the past decade an opportunity has arisen to accomplish that vision to replace the former auto body shop, replace the empty retail stores, replace substandard housing, replace the environmental construction firm, and replace the general eyesore with an attractive new residential development. Significant aesthetic improvements to both sides of Glen Cove Avenue are also proposed.

 

The Livingston Development will clean up the area, improve the quality of life and generally improve the surroundings. This project, after years of debate and study, and in accordance with the recommendations of a master plan for our city’s future, should be approved before it is lost. It will enhance the neighborhood, expand the tax base, and bring tremendous economic activity that always comes with new construction in our city.

 

The objections to this project have been addressed by the developer who has reduced the number of units from 251, down to 226, down again to 216 and now down to 196. In addition, they recently knocked off another story and reduced the number of stories, which at one time were as many as 7, and now are only 2.5 to four stories along the street, and 5 at its highest. This development will be good for the city and good for the neighborhood. Residents should encourage it. Tom Suozzi