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Developer tries again to get Glen Cove apartments approved

A developer is trying again to build a

A developer is trying again to build a 34-unit apartment building on a half-acre site on the edge of downtown Glen Cove, seen on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A developer that wants to build a four-story, 34-unit apartment building on a half-acre site on the edge of downtown Glen Cove is trying again to get city approval, more than seven months after the City Council rejected a proposed zoning law change.

The council in June voted down a proposal by 115 Glen Street Property Owner LLC to advance a proposal to allow more density downtown. Council members opposed making a change for the entire downtown — city officials said a site-specific variance wasn’t possible — and said the project was too dense and didn’t have enough affordable units and parking.

Kathleen Deegan Dickson, attorney for 115 Glen Street, said at the Feb. 6 council work session that the new proposal addresses council members’ concerns.

The proposal has 34 units instead of the original 39, there are 42 parking spaces instead of 39, and “what we’re proposing now is much more affordable than what we originally proposed,” she said.

The original proposal targeted all units in the building to families earning up to 120 percent of the Long Island median income — $106,350 a year for a family of two.

The new proposal targets seven units toward families earning up to the $88,700 median and six units toward those earning up to 80 percent of the median — $70,950. Those 13 units would be at below-market rents, Deegan Dickson said. Fifteen units would be studios, 15 one-bedrooms and four two-bedrooms.

The new proposed zoning change would allow the planning board to permit more density downtown in exchange for more units with below-market rents, she said.

Alec Ornstein, a principal of 115 Glen Cove, said the proposed building is “really geared toward young people and empty nesters who want to stay in the city.”

Council members will continue discussion of the project and the proposed zoning change at a future work session, city spokeswoman Lisa Travatello said.

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