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City Delays Ferry Terminal Again

Ferry Terminal and Lee Gray Court discussed at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Construction of the has been delayed again.

The City Council adopted a resolution authorizing a construction time extension for the development during Tuesday's meeting.

While completion of the project had originally been slated for fall, Mayor Ralph Suozzi said six months of construction will be needed.

The delay is a result of hydrostatic pressure exerted on the bulkhead at the site, which will require engineering remediation, said Suozzi.

Suozzi announced a two-month , as a result of harsh winter weather. The February delay was also associated with environmental permits being reviewed by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Resident and 2011 Republican mayoral candidate Paul Meli asked whether the delay could've been prevented.

"I really don't think it was unforeseeable," said Suozzi. "I've made it clear, however, the City of Glen Cove will not be responsible for remediation, and this is also a matter on which the federal government, DEC, and other departments are communicating."

Meli requested information on potential ferry operators.

Suozzi said that several operators have expressed interest: "I can't go into details, the answer is several."

Sale of Lee Gray Court

The Lee Gray Court site has been sold to Morgan Court LLC – who will now begin redeveloping homes at the site with less density and units than the original project – which was stalled in late 2008 due to the economic downturn.

Suozzi announced the sale of Lee Gray Court to Morgon Court LLC during Tuesday's meeting.

Suozzi said that the Housing Authority had entered into contract with the Lee Gray Court LLC for a 60 unit project.

Plans call for 17 two-family homes, and two one-family homes.

"They'll go in and gut them," Suozzi said. "Then they'll work to bring them up to today's housing codes, install new appliances, fix up the landscaping, the neighborhood will really be brought back to life."

cc July 04, 2011 at 11:45 AM
What is the secret of who might become the operator of the ferry's to no where? MAYOR TRANSPARENCY what is the secret?
Kristina S. Heuser July 04, 2011 at 01:06 PM
Probably because there are no operators who have expressed interest. In other words, we are going to dump however much money into building the ferry terminal, but have no one to operate the ferry. Oh -- and the existence of a ferry terminal (and operational ferry) was deemed essential by the develepors to successful development of the waterfront. Oops!
Suzanne Anderson July 04, 2011 at 02:17 PM
I wonder who the target buyer is for a new Lee Gray Court home? I think we have learned our lesson in the Lanidng that owner occupied homes would be more suitable to ensure a family friendly neighborhood - no matter what the price is!!
cc July 04, 2011 at 06:43 PM
Follow the money and don/t be surprised!

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