LETTER TO THE EDITOR
GLEN COVE VILLA PROJECT A POTENTIAL NIGHTMARE FOR SEA CLIFF; MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT
By Geri Reichgut, Sea Cliff
To the Editor:
I'm writing concerning a situation that if passed will have an enormous impact on our Village of Sea Cliff. The City of Glen Cove will be voting to allow the building of SIX, four story high apartment buildings called The Villa, on this Tuesday September 30th. There will be 194 units that are expected to house 776 occupants. This proposed development will be on a narrow two block strip of land, on the east side of Glen Cove Avenue, on that very dangerous steep hill just south of the Boys club and a few blocks from the Village of Sea Cliff's border. This past winter with all the snow & ice storms, this was an extremely treacherous steep hill to navigate driving up and down.
Personally, I am extremely concerned the residents living in the Villa will use Prospect Avenue, Glen Street & Sea Cliff Avenue for their egress traveling west to the expressway and/or parkways, and the same for their return drive home. The streets are already inundated with cut through traffic - do we really need MORE? An inadequate traffic study was done which did not take into consideration the potential magnitude of this development, nor the other huge developments proposed for Glen Cove. Other Villa residents could very well consider using Glen Cove Avenue, which is already overcrowded - witness the necessity for speed cameras near the two schools. Sea Cliff's narrow, already over-crowded streets can not accommodate this extra traffic! This could very well be the Village of Sea Cliff's worst traffic nightmare ever.
Please read over all the facts below. Traffic is NOT the only issue here, but it is of great concern to me. These facts below were carefully researched & written by the organization Glen Cove Citizens for Balanced Development.
What can we do to stop this? Glen Cove Citizens for Balanced Development needs our help. On Tuesday, September 30th at 7:30 pm, we must fill Glen Cove City Hall with people, (bring your children & let them see how important it is to let their voices be heard) and protest this dangerous, unnecessary over-development of an area that is not capable of such an abundance of buildings and people. (To give you some perspective, this area was originally zoned for single homes on ½ acre, which is what exists there now). Please bring your questions. The developer and builder will be there. Let them know the impact this will have on our hilly, winding & narrow streets of Sea Cliff. You can also make placards requesting that Glen Cove "STOP THE VILLA", "STOP THE OVERDEVELOPMENT", "NO VILLA!!!"
If this is passed, it will change our quaint Victorian Village FOREVER!
I would hope you would pass this e-mail on to as many people as you can. I haven't seen anything about this on Facebook. I think it's advisable to let people in the area know the potential for a huge traffic disaster. We must get as many people as possible to be at this meeting, even if they don't have questions, they can find out more information and decide for themselves if this is a development that shouldn't be built.
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STOP GLEN COVE OVERDEVELOPMENT!
The Villa Project is scheduled to be voted upon, on Sept.30th, at City Hall. The Planning Board and the City Council will hold a joint meeting, at that time, which is open to the general public. The Villa Project is to be located on Glen Cove Avenue, on one of our only 2 corridors, proposes 194 units, and will be capable of housing approximately 776 occupants within a narrow, 2 block, curving strip of land, on a dangerously steep hill. Are you aware of the following facts:
Glen Cove Citizens for Balanced Development
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell Phone: 516-768-1000