Landscaping frustration | Garden City News
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In December 2018, 3TC dismantled every bush on Main Avenue between Kensington and Brixton Roads. The contractor also damaged all trees from Nassau Blvd to Whitehall Blvd. and made a new road on which grass and bushes used to grow.
In June 2019, several neighbors took part in the POA meeting of the stalls and asked for this eye pain to be corrected. Trustees Daughney and Foley assured us that this would not be a problem. Mayor Theresa Trouvé visited the site in July.
In September 2019 we met with Travis Brennan and Leslie Mesnick from 3TC. We have been told that the Landscape Architects Village of Garden City and 3TC are planning to meet soon. 3TC will find out when replanting will begin. Later that month, Leslie Mesnick said she had spoken to LIRR / MTA management about the planting schedule and desired early start date.
At the Estates POA meeting on September 12, 2019, in response to neighbors’ concerns, Travis Brennan told everyone not to worry about the wall and the bushes will be ready in two months. (Still not finished or even started). Ms. Mesnick assured us at the same meeting that any tree removed outside of the LIRR ROW would be replaced with a tree of the same thickness.
In October 2019 during the replacement of Nassau Blvd. Bridge I met Mark Roche, the MTA manager responsible for the project, and gave him a tour of the site. He assured me that 3TC had to do more than the minimum.
On October 10, 2019, Trustee Daughney stated at Estates’ POA meeting that the Village Board was working with 3TC on landscaping plans. However, no dates or plans were given.
On November 13, 2009, the Estates POA meeting pointed out that the preliminary plans on the website did not adequately cover the erected walls. Trustee Daughney stated that the landscaping plans would be shared with residents upon receipt.
December 12, 2019 Board of Trustees meeting. I addressed the need for landscape plans and especially renderings to show all of the residents. No response from board members, in the remaining four minutes of my time I asked how someone had 3TC build a switch on the street that would prevent school buses from picking up children and build a new bus stop farther from the existing stop. Again no answers and my time was up. Why participate if you have no or no answers?
January 8, 2020 Leslie Mesnick announced that landscaping plans would be released and dates would be given. Insufficient drawing was provided but no data was provided. She also mentioned that she would remind the village to ask for community service. Despite repeated requests from the Garden City Third Route Committee (Daughney, Makrinos, and DiFrancisco), no requests for funding have been made except to repair Nassau Blvd. Parking lot that is not part of the third track project. $ 1.2 million was allocated for this project and $ 0 for landscaping on the third stretch.
At the Estates POA meeting on Jan. 21, 2020, Trustee Daughney stated that the village had applied for social security funding for the redevelopment of Nassau Blvd. Parking lot, but most of all funds received would be used for third lane improvements. Note that there is no money outside of the provided parking space.
February 15, 2020 Leslie Mesnick, Community Outreach Manager for 3TC, provided revised landscape drawings that did not correct any defects on Nassau Blvd. to Whitehall Blvd.
On September 27, 2020, I forwarded my comments on landscaping plans I had received from Jim Green, the 3TC community ambassador, to Trustee Daughney. He asked if the revision endorsed these comments and I said they did. He informed me that the village didn’t need renderings and that the final drawings “are imminent. Next week. “Daughney provided a list of the changes they requested from 3TC. Daughney stressed that” there is no point in planting and then working or gaining access and that the plantings must be removed or dug up. “
The planting plans are now either in spring or autumn 2021.
These are carried out without input from the villagers. My informal understanding is that the village will pursue litigation. Progress in this area has stopped. Hopefully this is wrong as it is imperative to resolve this situation ASAP.
Our members of the Board of Trustees of the Estates and one of the Western POAs have let us down. We need a strong board to make the village look the way it always was. This is also one of the reasons why many residents have moved to this community.
Please support FabGC candidates to ensure that this is handled correctly.
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