One of Major Spinello’s pronouncements for the Garvies Point mega-development is that it will attract young professionals who work in Manhattan. While we strongly doubt this assertion for a number of reasons, let’s give the Mayor the benefit of the doubt today…
If we have, say, 1,000 – or even 800 – additional commuters traveling each day, what are the repercussions we’ll all have to deal with? Well, we know Garvies Point is not within walking distance to any LIRR station, so that means many more cars on our already-crowded roads at the height of rush hour.
But once these residents fight through the traffic, where will they park? Let’s take a look at current LIRR station parking capacities on the Oyster Bay line:
Black = 100%
Red = 90-99% Capacity
So the Glen Head, Glenn Street and Glen Cove stations are rated at 90-99% full each day. (if you commute from one of these stations you’d probably argue that they’re typically 100% full). Sea Cliff station is completely full.
You might think, with a City hell-bent on foisting high-density housing on all of us they’ve taken this into consideration, and perhaps made some plans to improve or increase parking at our LIRR stations. Sorry.
You might argue that there is a ferry terminal being constructed, and this will mitigate LIRR parking problems. hmmm. Well, first off, the City has no agreement with any ferry provider and is having difficulty finding one to commit to servicing Glen Cove. Even if they do, ferry service will almost certainly go to lower Manhattan, where fewer and fewer professionals work each year, so few will rely on it. In addition, ferry tickets are historically higher priced than already expensive LIRR tickets, and ferries will not run in certain weather conditions.
Finally, let’s remember that our 800 new North Shore commuters does not include all of the other high density and other housing Glen Cove has rubber-stamped. Need a refresher?
- Avalon 1 + 2 (256 + 111 units)
- Carney Street Apartments (52 units)
- Landing Cove (73 units)
- North Manor Estates (46 homes)
- The Piazza (110 units)
- The Villas on Glen Cove Avenue (196 units)
So all told, the North Shore is facing 1,954 new units, approximately 6,000 more residents at last count. Get ready for a tough commute!