The Environmental Condition Report put out by Glen Isle regarding the proposed development at Garvies Point sure makes for some frightening reading regarding the proposed high-density development at Garvies Point…
Here’s one nugget that caught our eye (page 48):
The NYSDEC and the EPA have also indicated that a Site Management Plan (SMP) will be required. The SMP will describe the engineering controls the will be installed during construction, management of soil (handling and disposal) during planned construction earthwork activities and operation, monitoring, and maintenance procedures of the engineering controls and monitoring systems after construction is completed.
Here is Glen Cove and RXR’s solution for the contamination, and I quote:
“Another Engineering Control that was required in the SEQRA Findings is a sub-slab depressurization vapor mitigation system underneath any occupied buildings or structures. (R. 30 at 01100). The purpose of this system is to collect vapors emitted from contaminated soil and groundwater, and preclude them from entering the buildings above.”
What they’re saying is that parts of the land at Garvies Point is so polluted that “controls” must be placed in the soil to monitor the toxins being released, even after construction is completed and to “collect vapors emitted from contaminated soil and groundwater, and preclude them from entering the buildings above.” First thought – is this a place you’d ever want to live? Raise children? (I assume the folks at RXR realize that many of us would make it very clear to perspective buyers how toxic the land underneath their potential house is. Indeed, that would be our ethical responsibility.)
But here’s some silly questions: what happens if one of these monitoring systems goes off? Does this mean everyone would have to leave their apartments? For how long? Does the park close if one of these sirens starts a’whaling? Does the ferry terminal close?
Will condo buyers be reimbursed by RXR / Glen Isle if a toxic monitoring system goes off? Will perspective buyers have difficulties obtaining mortgages because of this issue? Home insurance? Will they at least be allowed to go in and collect their belongings? Move their cars out of the enormous 3-story parking garage?
And, I’m reminded of one of my favorite Latin epigrams – Qui Custodiet custodes – Who monitors the monitoring systems? Is their a budget in place for this? For how long?
It all seems a trifle risky, don’t you think?
So, in conclusion, here’s another message to Scott Rechler and RXR: Mr. Rechler, if you care for Glen Cove as much as you claim to, why not clean up Garvies Point properly before paving it over with concrete? Why not clean the land completely, so “controls and monitoring systems after construction” aren’t required? This seems like a rather egregious shortcut if you really care about Glen Cove.