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Glen Cove Mansion Plans Waiting for Hearings

Owners seeking to allow development on 17 of the site's 55 acres while preserving the rest.

Plans to divide the property into three pieces -- including one for homes to be built on -- are in lieu of a joint hearing with the city council and planning board, according to the Mansion's attorney.

An application submitted late last year seeks to split the property into three different designations, said Kathleen Deegan Dickson, lawyer for the hotel and conference center. 

One designation would determine “contributory structures” to be protected, referring to those features which contribute to the historic nature of the site. This includes the 1910 mansion, its garden and pool. 

Another designation, "contributory grounds," refers to the 55-acre site’s open areas which lend to the visual character of the property and are important to the community. This would preserve the grass fields visible from Dosoris Lane and Old Tappan Road, Deegan Dickson said.

The remaining land, with the approval of the city council, would be developed residentially, she said. That 17-acre parcel is currently a wooded area along Lattingtown Road.

Deegan Dickson said an initial determination that that parcel could fit 49 housing lots has been reduced to 46, saying the houses would make for a better fit visually with the latter number.

The property’s owners have held meetings with various homeowners’ associations and neighbors to field questions and listen to concerns, Deegan Dickson said, and the exchanges have resulted in some modifications to the plans.

She said no dates have been set for public hearings on the matter because the city’s council and planning board need to find time when they can both be present.  

She stressed that the application is not just about development.

“It’s a way that the Glen Cove Mansion and its grounds are going to be maintained in perpetuity, and the city will not lose any tax base,” she said.

Mayor Ralph Suozzi, who worked at the Mansion as a teenager, said the property’s owners could tear down the building if they wanted, and expressed satisfaction that something is in the works which would preserve the historic and aesthetic elements of the former Pratt estate. 

Suozzi said he recommended outreach to the surrounding community and asked to be kept informed of the plans as things move forward.

John Doe June 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Those gounds a beautiful. I've been moved around alot and I never lived in a town that has a mansion and Public housing (unless projects to the people living in the area) in the same town. They should leave the mansion alone.
Ed Norton June 21, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I wonder how they're going to get around the already under sized sewer system. No way can it accommodate that many new connections...
Wade Curry June 21, 2012 at 06:45 PM
It would be a shame to loose such a beautiful building with such history..
Dylan June 22, 2012 at 01:06 AM
They should make "affordable" housing - not McMansions - Not free housing; just reasonable - Too many young people are leaving G.C. to buy homes elsewhere. Just so that a few people can drive past a nice lawn.

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