We get a kick over Scott Rechler’s public statement regarding Garvies Point, “I practically live in Glen Cove.”
Sure, except that he actually lives in Old Brookville (and Manhattan). Let’s break this down a bit:
|Proposed or Built
High Density Housing
*Source: 2010 Census
hmmm – these two places are not exactly the same, are they? Have you seen any plans for 11-story housing complexes in Brookville? LOL. Mr. Rechler knows this of course, as his affidavit actually says that he is a former resident of the “Glen Cove area.”
The irony here though is that Brookville residents will be amongst those who suffer the worst if the ill-conceived development at Garvies Point takes place. Traffic on single-lane Route 107, and the intersection at Northern Blvd and 107, already rated at an F during rush hours, will rise dramatically once this development adds over 3,000 more cars commuting to and from Glen Cove each day.
I guess there would be some perverse satisfaction imagining Mr. Rechler, going to pick up his kids in Brookville ten years from now, unable to make a left turn onto 107! Well, it’s not like he wouldn’t have known, the project’s own lawyer used traffic fears to stop a much smaller development, even as he argued in favor of this one. oops.
Here’s another quote from Mr. Rechler from a Public Hearing:
“this was a personal quest for me as much as a business quest”
Not exactly sure what he means here, but doesn’t it sound a little unsettling? North Shore residents need to ask themselves, does a billion-dollar developer who views buying off and developing their land as a “personal quest” have their interests at heart? Probably not. And if you take the time to review the deal the City of Glen Cove has entered into with RXR, it quickly becomes apparent that the developer looks after only himself. It is the City the bears all the risk, and must take out bonds, based on potential future earnings. Would you do that with your livelihood?
RXR makes the case that they’ve already invested so much money in this development, it must go through – it simply must! Well, fact is they haven’t spent a dime on cleaning up the brownfields and Superfund sites, and despite what they say, neither has Glen Cove. It was federal and state taxpayer funds and grants that paid for the remediation. (I won’t use the word “clean up” because this land is far from clean.)
Sure, they they spent money on engineers and lawyers, and all of those fancy artist renderings (which always seem to omit hulking, high-density towers), but they’ll survive just fine if the proposed development at Garvies Point comes to a halt. Their company is owned by foreign investors (read: the Chinese) anyway.
That’s something for Glen Cove residents who support this development to think about: by selling your land to RXR, you’re going to be owned by communist China. Sound good?
Next quote from Mr. Rechler:
“And so everything that we have done for the thousands and thousands of hours of meetings that we have had and the consultants that we have involved was all focused on trying to make this project something that enhances the Glen cove community.”
First off, look how he’s shamelessly vying for sympathy here. There were “thousands and thousands of hours” of meetings. Poor guy. There were so many meetings! Can you see how this is just a glorified pitchman speaking? But more importantly, Mr. Rechler truly believes that 11-story towers, and a high density housing project unprecedented on Long Island, “enhances the Glen cove community?” Please, Scott, use our contact form and tell us how. The traffic nightmares? The harm all the rainwater runoff will do to the ecosystem? People living on top of toxic soil? Tens years of loud construction polluting our harbor? The vast increases in sewage, water needs, city services (none of which you’re paying for)? The purported financial gains which are in actuality non-existent? The purported number of jobs, (numbers which no one can explain)? We just aren’t seeing it – help us out, pal!
And finally, in his affidavit Mr. Rechler appeals to our emotions… He grew up “going to his grandparents’ home on Crescent Beach Road,” “going to Henry’s,” “taking his kids to Henry’s.” (kids that don’t go to public school, of course) awww – what a guy. Such a fondness for ‘ol Glen Cove! So much love that he goes with “sub-slab depressurization,” “toxic monitoring wells,” and “vapor mitigation barriers” to try to keep the toxins from affecting Glen Cove residents and those who will reside in his enormous towers. If you really care about Glen Cove, Scott, develop something appropriately scaled for the North Shore, not this monstrosity. Not a 3-story parking garage. If you really care about Glen Cove, Scott, have the land cleaned up properly – completely. After all, you practically live here.