One point regarding Glen Cove’s disastrous mishandling of the proposed Garvies Point development that really grinds my gears is this:
Whenever we speak to Glen Cove’s elected officials or planning board, or reps from RXR, and even some regional elected officials, we’re nearly always told: “but no one said anything!”
Meaning of course that residents of Glen Cove and Long Island had their chance to object, but no one did, and now we should all just shut up and accept our quality of life destroyed by high traffic and high density buildings.
Of course the argument that no one complained or objected to this mega-development all these years is utter hogwash. We know it. They know it. Everyone knows it. It’s an easy way for pro-huge-development cronies to try to just sweep all of this under the rug and build, build, build upon their toxic Superfund and brownfield sites.
Now it is true that, regarding the lawsuit currently winding through the court, it’s my understanding this could have been brought against RXR Glen Isle sooner. That said, many of their “hearings” lacked the expected and appropriate level of transparency, and the abhorrent plan they’re floating now (the one that includes two 11-story high density apartment towers) was only decided last year.
Although I’m somewhat new to this battle to save the North Shore, I did know, anecdotally, that there had been prior resistance despite what Mayor Spinello and his paid-off lackeys keep saying. Many people did voice their opinions against this mega-development, publicly and quite loudly. Today I offer hard evidence.
Imagine my surprise when a kind old lady who contacted told me she had saved a box of materials against the proposed Garvies Point development (then called Glen Isle) from over ten years ago, and she mailed it to me! Inside was a treasure trove, but what struck me most was that the exact same arguments being made today against this development were being made ten years ago. In other words, Glen Cove and RXR folks who claim no one said anything are lying, plain and simple.
Here are some of the items she included. Remember, these are from 2005 and 2006!
Not only did my box of old Garvies Point protest material include brochures like these, but lying there the bottom of a stack of papers was a list of signatures – folks who signed a petition against this development in 2006. Imagine my surprise when I saw that one petition against this was signed by none other than Reggie Spinello!
There were almost 1,000 signatures of Glen Cove residents on this petition, along with a note explaining that many more the group spoke to wished to sign but did not for fear of reprisal. 1,000 signatures, collected quickly in a home-brewed effort in just a few days. Wow.
So, it turns out many residents were “saying something” along. It’s just that no one was listening.
So Glen Cove officials, Mayor Spinello, journalists, public officials, RXR henchmen, et al: you better think up a new line of BS – the remediated ground is caving in around you.