EPA gives Glen Cove $800K for waterfront cleanup
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will fund $815,000 of cleanup costs at the polluted Doxey site in Glen Cove, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday. The parcel is the last brownfield site in the city's waterfront redevelopment area that needs to be remediated before a mix of residential and commercial properties can be developed there.
The EPA grant is an important investment in Glen Cove, Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said in a news release.
"Federal funding will help revitalize neighborhoods, attract new businesses, create new jobs, and make our waterfront a place for Long Islanders to live, work and raise a family," she said.
Former industrial sites along Glen Cove Creek have contaminated the tidal habitat in Hempstead Harbor, which hurts fish and wildlife, the news release said.
The city originally had expected remediation of the former salvage yard would cost about $1.2 million, to be funded with loans and grants. The city seized the property through eminent domain from its owner, John Doxey, and began remediating the site last year, said Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi.
Once the city possessed the land, it conducted further testing that revealed it was more polluted with toxic petrochemicals than previously thought.
"There was additional contamination, so with that we started to look at it deeper and so the funds we had . . . weren't enough," Suozzi said. "Without money to move forward, we had to stop."
The cleanup stopped in the spring and the city applied for additional EPA funds two months ago, he said.
"Now we can recommence and finish the job," Suozzi said. "Now we get to finish 20 years of remediation on this waterfront redevelopment area."
The waterfront is slated to be developed by RXR Glen Isle Partners, LLC. The plan includes water ferry service to New York City and other destinations, and a hotel.