Developer RXR Glen Isle Partners hopes to break ground on the giant Garvies Point development along Glen Cove’s waterfront by mid-December, a company executive told city planning board members Wednesday night.
The planning board met with consultants for RXR and the city to review documents and plans for Phase Two of Garvies Point, which when complete would include 1,110 condos and rental units, parks, stores, offices, restaurants, marinas, an esplanade and other amenities.
Board members said they need more information from the city and RXR before calling a required public hearing on Phase Two.
“We’re still contemplating whether we’re ready for a public hearing,” board member Michael Bellissimo said after the meeting.
Phase Two would include a five-story building with 167 condominium units, along with two parks, a dog-run area and a marina.
Frank Haftel, director of the Garvies Point project for RXR, said Thursday that it’s common for planning boards to request additional information, and the company and its consultants would provide it in the coming days.
The board approved a master plan for Garvies Point in October 2015 but must approve more detailed plans for each phase of the project.
It approved Phase One — which includes two buildings with 385 rental units, two parks and an esplanade — in November 2014, but must extend that 18-month approval window another six months. A vote is expected at the next board meeting, a date for which has not been set, board chairman Thomas Scott said.
Haftel said the company wants to simultaneously begin construction on Phases One and Two, but would start Phase One first if it receives the extension but is still awaiting approval of Phase Two.
RXR still is waiting for clearance from state and federal environmental agencies that the sites are safe to build on.
On Wednesday, planning board members peppered consultants and RXR officials with questions about the project’s storm water-management system, design consistency and other topics.
Two lawsuits filed in 2015 seeking to annul city approval of the project allege that RXR’s storm water plans do not include sufficient measures to prevent contaminated soil from the former industrial site from ending up in local waters. A Nassau County judge in August dismissed the suits, one by 105 local residents, the other by the Village of Sea Cliff. The plaintiffs are appealing.
Patricia Ruskan, a consultant for RXR and an engineer, said the system “will significantly improve the quality of the runoff from the site as compared to the site today. There are no storm water facilities or treatment devices at the site today, which means all of the runoff leaves the site and drains to the surrounding water bodies without treatment.”