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Letter: Assess full impact of Glen Cove projects

The Glen Cove City Council plans to vote

The Glen Cove City Council plans to vote Tuesday on a water monitoring program that is necessary before Crescent Beach can reopen. Credit: News 12

The Committee for a Sustainable Waterfront is very concerned about increased nitrogen in Glen Cove Creek and Hempstead Harbor, along with the potential harm to the now-thriving shellfish populations [“Targeting nitrogen,” News, Feb. 15]. At the same time, high-density residential development is taking place in Glen Cove.

The city is poised to sell and allow development of 56 waterfront acres on Glen Cove Creek. The plan also calls for dredging and the construction of a marina. The Garvies Point waterfront development project is spearheaded by developer RXR Realty and calls for 1,110 residential units and several commercial buildings, culminating in two 11-story towers on the westernmost edge of the site, abutting Hempstead Harbor.

We have major concerns regarding the environmental impacts. Glen Cove’s infrastructure — the sewer system, water treatment facilities, roads, etc. — may not have the capacity to handle this development. In addition, we have concerns about future water sources and the availability of groundwater.

We believe the City of Glen Cove should be required to consider the cumulative impact of all parts of this project, not just each portion individually.

Amy J. Peters, Glen Cove

Editor’s note: The writer is a member of the Committee for a Substainable Waterfront, an advocacy organization.