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Glen Cove to hear more comments on condo proposal

Glen Cove city officials will allow more public comment Wednesday night on a proposed 194-unit condominium development that has drawn heated community opposition.

The City Council and planning board met jointly on Sept. 30 for the initial public hearing on the Villa at Glen Cove proposed by Queens-based Livingston Development Corp. Mayor Reginald Spinello postponed a vote on whether to allow more than twice as many units as those currently allowed.

The council and planning board are meeting again to continue the public hearing. Spinello said the board will not vote Wednesday. Most of the two dozen people who spoke in September were opposed.

"I want to hear what else everybody has to say, if indeed there is anything new to say," Spinello said. "Then the council and I will have to go back and really look at all of our options."

The project would be built on a 3.96-acre site on Glen Cove and Craft avenues.

"We figured there would be tremendous support for this development because it is cleaning up an area that's been forgotten for decades," said Dan Livingston, president of the development company. He is to give another presentation about the project at Wednesday's hearing.

Livingston has the right to build 86 units. The City Council is considering three "density bonuses" to allow the additional 108 units, officials said.

Livingston is also seeking two waivers -- one to allow the project to be built without affordable units and one to eliminate hillside protection provisions of the city code.

Livingston said he approached city officials more than a decade ago about his interest in developing the land. Initial proposals included more than 200 units. He said he has scaled back the project, including the heights and sizes of the buildings.

"I really thought that would have quelled them and satisfied them," he said.

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