Glen Cove is a step closer to realizing its plans to redevelop and revitalize its sprawling waterfront.
The 3/4-acre Gladsky Marine site, the second-to-last brownfield in the city’s 52-acre waterfront revitalization area, has been remediated, said city officials who are to mark the milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday with Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.
“Nothing’s more important than cleaning up the environment,” Suozzi said.
Soil at the Gladsky Marine site, once used as a boatyard and marine repair facility, had tested positive for semi-volatile organic compounds and metals, and traces of asbestos had been found along the bulkhead, officials said. Remedial construction that began in March 2010 included excavation and off-site disposal of contimated soil and the placement of a 2-foot deep soil cap across the property, officials said.
The Garvies Point Road plot — the future site of a public park and esplanade — is now clean and grass seeding has recently started to take, Glen Cove Community Development Agency executive director K. Kelly Morris said.
The remediation — funded with $618,000 in federal and state EPA grants and a $410,000 federal EPA brownfield revolving loan through the Nassau County Office of Community Development — is the latest in a string of Glen Cove waterfront cleanups that include the Captain’s Cove and Li Tungsten sites.
The 3/4-acre Doxey property will be the last brownfield to be cleaned on the stretch. That remediation, projected to be complete by late 2012, would “mark the end of a 20-year, $100-million cleanup” of the waterfront, Morris said.
Suozzi said the waterfront revitalization wouldn’t be possible without county, state and federal partnerships.
The city hopes to eventually build hundreds of residential units, a luxury hotel and office and retail space on the waterfront and run a ferry to Manhattan there.