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Glen Cove to vote on code change that could save Pratt mansion

A mansion built for John Teele and Ruth

A mansion built for John Teele and Ruth Baker Pratt in 1910 now serves as the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center, at 200 Dosoris Lane. (Dec. 22, 2010) Credit: T.C. McCarthy

The Glen Cove City Council plans to vote tonight on a zoning change to the Pratt property that would allow the owner to build 46 homes while preserving the historic mansion and its great lawn.

If approved, owner Montclair Hotels will be able to go ahead with plans to subdivide the 54.5-acre property on Dosoris Lane by splitting off 17.5 acres to build single-family homes. Under current zoning regulations, which allow for homes to be built on 1-acre lots, the 103-year-old mansion could be razed and the owner could build the homes.

The zoning designation, intended to be a compromise between preserving the past and preserving property owners’ rights, was the subject of public hearings last year.

The property was the home of John T. Pratt — son of Charles Pratt, whose oil business merged with Standard Oil — and his wife, congresswoman Ruth Pratt. In 1985, it became a hotel and conference center.

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