SEA CLIFF AVENUE SEWER LINE CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN THIS MONTH
January 6, 2014 -- With funding fully secured, a bid accepted and the agreement with the contractor signed, construction on the Sea Cliff Avenue sewer line will begin within the next two weeks, Mayor Bruce Kennedy and Village Administrator John Mirando said at Monday night's Village Board Conference. The line will extend from Main Avenue to Prospect and eventually link to the only existing line in the Village which runs along the Boulevard past Sea Cliff Beach and the Yacht Club and on to the Nassau County treatment plant in Glen Cove.
Construction, with the street fully paved, should be completed by Easter, Mayor Kennedy said on Tuesday.
Originally anticipated to cost $2.1 million, the price tag will be a bit lower, with the accepted bid coming in at about $1.8 million. Just over $1.7 million of that cost will be covered by grants (see Northwordnews article from July, 2014 to the right)
At Monday's Village Board Conference, much of the discussion centered around preparing local businesses and residents on Sea Cliff Avenue for the disruptions that will occur over the next few months, as sections of street are excavated and temporarily closed. A meeting will be held with affected businesses and property owners next week.
Mr. Mirando said on Monday that 200 to 250 foot sections of the line would be done at a time and that parts of Sea Cliff Avenue would have to be closed during the day. Mayor Kennedy said that he would try to work with the contractor to have at least one way traffic, but Mr. Mirando questioned whether that would be possible. If one-way traffic cannot be worked out, when installation is done on the stretch between Roslyn and Central Avenues, smaller sections may be able to be closed with traffic being diverted to Twelfth Avenue through the lots next to Citibank and Il Villagio.
On Tuesday, Mr. Kennedy said that there would be "some sacrifices to be made by local businesses and residents in the short term, but that ultimately the end results will be very beneficial and greatly outweigh the momentary disruptions."
This project does not include a hook up to the Boulevard sewer line. That final connection will occur after a line is installed along Prospect Avenue and down Snake Hill (see orange line on map).
It is increasingly likely that that line will be constructed by a a private developer that has secured nearly all the necessary approvals to build "Glen Harbor," a 60 unit townhouse community, just south of the power plant property on Shore Road in Glenwood Landing (by Duffy’s). The permit issued by the Town of North Hempstead to the developer requires a sewer line to be in place before the units are built. The Nassau Planning Commission is holding a public hearing on January 29 to consider granting final approval to the project, including the sewer line.
Mayor Kennedy explained that in 2009, the developer came to an agreement with the Village that would allow it to construct a sewer line northward towards Glen Cove under Shore Road, Prospect Avenue, and down Snake Hill so long as “T-connections” are included at cross streets for eventual hook-ups, that the line would be deeded to Sea Cliff, and that for each condo unit built, a yearly fee be paid to the village for maintenance of the line. At Monday's Conference, Mayor Kennedy said that the village would then most likely deed the line to the County, which would then be responsible for maintenance.
A business district sewer line, the Mayor said this past summer is not only necessary to protect Hempstead Harbor and the water table, but also to promote economic growth in the village. Without sewers, he explained, “it is not possible to create a vibrant, thriving downtown without polluting our waters.” “The result of this happening [installing a sewer], is going to do wonders for our storm water report, it’s going to be good for the environment, it’s going to help revitalize the downtown. Right now, restaurants are limited to a number of seats based on their septic capacity and we won’t have that issue anymore.”
Eventually, he said, after the Sea Cliff Avenue line is operational, service could be extended to include properties along Prospect Avenue and its cross streets heading down towards the shore.
Referring to the construction that will begin shortly, Mayor Kennedy said on Tuesday that he was "asking for everybody's patience and cooperation during this exciting project."
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