Despite the arduous task of reading the entire Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) regarding the proposed mega-development at Garvies Point (which is seems Mayor Spinello hasn’t actually read himself), I’m surprised to find essentially nothing regarding the fact that much of this billion-dollar mega development will sit below the floodplain.
Is this a sound place to build, especially with the seeming increase of large storms hitting our area?
Here’s a photo we found on Facebook, of the exact area to be developed after Hurricane Donna hit Long Island:
Whoa! Could a storm equivalent to Hurricane Donna strike our area again? Yep. Will one? Almost certainly so.
So this raises even more questions, doesn’t it? Will the City of Glen Cove, RXR or new Garvies Point residents be able to get flood insurance once the agencies complete their surveys? What happens if they can’t?
Here’s the result of one high-density tower built on a floodplain, in Long Island City:
What happened here? This building lost power, and elevator service, and was essentially crippled for almost a week. All cars parked on the first floor of the parking garage were destroyed. Damage to the lobby, commercial tenant space and the building’s systems exceed $1 million, by far.
It just seems like there’s a lesson here, doesn’t it?
Garvies Point Contaminants
Will a flood of this magnitude disrupt and spread around of the many Supefund and Brownfield contaminants that were never removed from the ground at Garvies Point? Or, in the words of the words of the FEIS: “facilitate the transport of [toxic] sediment.” — interfering with the “mitigation barriers” this developer must include because this land is so polluted?
Well, truthfully, no one knows. It seems rather plausible that mitigation barriers will be breached in the event of a catastrophic storm, doesn’t it. What happens then?
Ask yourself… toxins aside, would you want to live below the floodplain? Sorry, Mr. Rechler, but we’re going to have to point this “inconvenient truth” out to all perspective tenants and buyers.