Save Port Washington and Hempstead Harbor from Overdevelopment

Save Port Washington and Hempstead Harbor from Overdevelopment

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Beacon Hill Residents Association started this petition to TONH and

The character and quality of life in Port Washington is once again being threatened by overdevelopment. Stop the rezoning of 2.03+_ acres of waterfront at 145 West Shore Rd to Multiple Residence.   

Bay Aggregates is the site of the proposed project.  It is between the northern end of TONH Beach Park and Tilcon on Hempstead Harbor.  Southern Land Co. is targeting this parcel of land for a 7 story, 176 unit and 300 car, 95 ft. tall luxury apartment complex on Hempstead Harbor in Port Washington (PW).
This area includes a 29 slip public marina and is a DEC designated wave action zone, so moderate to severe storms will require all people and cars to evacuate.  

This change in zoning will set a precedent for two more parcels of land next to this parcel and could lead to two or more apartment buildings of similar size.

The infrastructure of the PW peninsula cannot continue to support more overdevelopment:

·       PW is overpopulated and highly congested with traffic on one and two lane roads.

·       A zoning change in 2020 on the western side of the peninsula allows building for up to 140 new apartments; there are also plans for 30+ 2- bedroom apartments on the northwestern side of the peninsula.  There are currently over 2,000 2-family houses and about 1,500 apartments in PW with over 50 units available today.

·       The school, water, sewer districts, police and fire departments of PW will be additionally stressed by these significant increases in population density and traffic congestion.

·       Additional building and increased population on the Hempstead Harbor side of PW will have a significant and negative impact on the water quality and long term environmental health of Hempstead Harbor and Manhasset Bay. Sewage treatment effluent already contributes 25% of the Total Nitrogen load, among other pollutants, to the Bay. Further effluent from the Harbor side will significantly increase the load to the Bay without improved and/or alternate technologies to reduce effluent and the inherent pollutants. 

Update April 21, 2021

The TONH has released the final scoping document about SLC’s application to rezone the property at 145 West Shore Road. The scoping document describes the required contents of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which will now be written by SLC. The EIS should take 4-6 months to complete. TONH will conduct public meetings on the EIS after completion. The final scope can be accessed thru google by searching for:

Town of North Hempstead Final Scope for Draft Environmental Impact Statement The West Shore Residences

The Beach Park is a shared resource for the entire Town of North Hempstead.  Do you want a 95’ tall building, more traffic and overflow parking on our beach parking lot?

Please read the final scope, sign the petition and continue to add comments with reasons opposing the SLC project.  We will continue to provide updates on the project, meetings and the SEQR process.

Sign Up and Speak Up!  The petition signers and comments will be shared with everyone at the public meetings!

Over the next few weeks we will provide more information on the SEQRA process and what the potential adverse impacts mean to us in the Town of North Hempstead & Port Washington.  They are Surface Water, Groundwater, Flooding, Aesthetic Resources, Transportation, Noise, Odor & Light, Human Health and Community Plans & Character.

You will be notified of all future public meetings when the meeting dates are announced.

Sign this petition, express your opinion on this project and attend the public meetings in person or via live streaming at

https://northhempsteadny.gov/content/16253/17996/18616/default.aspx

There are two links in the center of the page.  You can live stream the meeting and listen or you can zoom and provide input 30 minutes prior to the meeting.  Please show up, sign up and speak up!   
 

Thank you!  Your support is appreciated.

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