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Paul's Sentinel Newsletter
The Committee to Save St. Paul's and The Garden City Historical Society
Updated Plan for St. Paul's
to the Village Board of Trustees on October 6, 2011. We have
requested quick action by the Board either to vote to accept our
plan or to bring the plan to the residents for a public referendum.
On April 27, 2011, residents of Garden City voted overwhelmingly to defeat a demolition bond referendum by a 3 to 1 margin. [3290 "No" to 1120 "Yes]
CSSP President Peter Negri said, "What is important is that once the people were given an opportunity to voice their opinion on this issue, they not only turned out in significant numbers, but their voice was loud and clear - we don’t want to lose this building and all that it means to the Village."
Fate of a Landmark
, Cablevision Editorial on St. Paul's, April 15, 2011.
The Committee to Save St. Paul's releases the
Verification Report by Lawless and Mangione Architects and
Engineers (dated December 17, 2010) of its "Community First"
(alternative to demolition) proposal. This is a joint proposal
with The Garden City Historical Society.
***Read an overview of this Alternative Plan to demolition.***
Please click on the Newsletter link above to see CSSP news
related to the April 27, 2011 bond referendum on St. Paul's.
Mayor Announces Matching Grant for St. Paul's
Village of Garden City held two public hearings in
the summer of 2010. Public Comment Period ended on October 12.
St. Paul's Operating Costs 1993-2008
St. Paul's Update and Current Status-Fall 2009
Save St. Paul's Now: Protect Garden City's DNA (a video presented in conjunction with
The Garden City Historical Society)
January-February 2008 Ad Series in the Garden City News
Wake Up Garden City...Now is the Time to Ask the Tough Questions
What are the True Costs of St. Paul's Redevelopment...Ask the
Community Space and Historic Preservation: Key Aspects of a Credible Plan
January-March 2008, CSSP Letters to the Editor, Garden City News/Life
We're Still Waiting
Surveys of Community Need for Space
Analysis of the financial aspects of AvalonBay's proposal as presented during January 2008
Response to former mayor's Letter to the Editor
Trustee Mauk Should Step Down from Mayor's Committee
CSSP Continues Commitment to St.
Paul's solution and Commends Trustee Mauk on Resignation
Link to Garden City News Editorial regarding Parkland Alienation
CSSP Developer Paul Rabinovitch of Canus Corporation writes Letter to the Editor, Garden City Life,
October 12, 2007
Committee to Save St. Paul's Believes in Community Strength...read the
Statement following Recommendation by the Mayor's Committee and Vote by the Board of Trustees,
October 4, 2007
Letter to Mayor and Village Trustees, dated September 25, 2007
"The Committee to Save St. Paul's/Canus Corporation team has proposed the most credible plan."
Letter calls for realistic timetable for Board of Trustees decision
and designation of a developer,
and attention to the lengthy State
process for relief of "public trust" and "parkland" designations.
View a condensed version of the
Committee's proposal for St. Paul's, Proposal at a Glance
Full RFP Response submitted by Committee to Village on October 5, 2006
Make your voice heard. Let Village Trustees and Senator Hannon
know you favor this proposal: Sample
Join our Petition Campaign in support
of public control and public use of St. Paul's
St. Paul's School is mentioned in a News12 Editorial, "Use It or Lose It," about saving Long Island Landmarks.
See the editorial and the Committee's Response.
Community Center and Senior Center Questionnaire
Read about our development partner, Paul Rabinovitch and his firm, Canus Corporation
"The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program"
July 11, 2006 - Court Ruling Reveals Trustees'
June 6, 2006 - Committee to Save St. Paul's
May 17, 2006 - Lawsuit Uncovers Shameless Deception
by Village Officials
January 12, 2006 - What's Behind the St. Paul's
Private Development Plan?
Important Message to the Residents of the Village of Garden City:
What’s behind the St. Paul’s Private
January 12, 2006
Friends and Neighbors,
a few weeks ago, the Board of Trustees held a meeting to reveal
their plan to sell the historical St. Paul’s building to a
private developer for condominium construction. After committing
more than $150,000 to consultants to study the “feasibility”
of a “high end residential use”, they stated that the
Board intended to move toward a decision on such private development
very quickly. One Trustee explained that the Village had “exhausted
all other options” for the building and that this plan represented
the only choice except for demolition.
Paul’s is a Public Trust
Despite the fact that the courts have determined that St. Paul’s
was acquired for public use and is held in “public trust”
– an opinion upheld on appeal – the Board has now abandoned
any effort to make public use of any part of the building. Instead,
it has authorized the expenditure of many thousands of dollars more,
to promote and market the concept of
private commercial development. Why?
The Private Plan Won’t Work
Ironically, the private real estate consulting team hired by the
Board to determine the feasibility of private development concluded
that it was not feasible to incorporate into the project many of
the features that the Trustees established as desirable, including:
- preservation of the chapel and other significant interior features
- setting aside of some space for community us
- keeping the land under Village control
- accomplish redevelopment within the existing building envelope
- demolish Ellis Hall
the consultants determined that
- nearly 7 acres of valuable public land must be sold.
- there would be NO space for community use.
- many of the most important historical features, including the
magnificent chapel, would be demolished,
- Ellis Hall, which is full of asbestos, would be rehabilitated
to make way for additional condos.
- plus, some “minimal,” yet undefined amount of new
construction would be needed to build a pool and health club for
this new, exclusive condominium complex.
all, there would be 76 private, high-end condominiums (some supposedly
even in the basement?) on nearly 7 acres of private land in the
middle of St. Paul’s fields.
of the residents who attended the meeting expressed their disapproval
of this plan, for good reason. Simply stated, the presentation confirmed
that this latest plan for private commercial development at St.
Paul’s is not “feasible” unless the Village sells
the property to a developer for almost nothing, gives up Village
control, allows desecration of historic features, and surrenders
all hope of creating community space for Village residents.
one Trustee arrogantly asserted that the residents who were present
were not representative of the sentiments of the Village. We strongly
disagree. We believe that, as the Village-wide survey clearly showed,
a majority of residents want some form of public use at St. Paul’s.
Moreover, they are willing to pay for it, provided it is reasonable
and affordable. At a recent Estates Property Owners meeting, there
was an almost unanimous show of hands in favor of community use
of St. Paul’s.
the Committee for the Public Trust at St. Paul’s, and the
Committee to Save St. Paul’s, have initiated a lawsuit to
stop the Trustees from unnecessarily and illegally spending taxpayer
dollars to market the private commercial development of St. Paul’s.
They have committed $150,000 of our money to this misguided purpose.
Control is Better for All of Us
believe that all public options have not been explored. And, if
the current Board is not willing to fairly and objectively examine
a detailed public option on their own, we will independently retain
experts in historical preservation and community planning to make
recommendations on the best and highest public use of St. Paul’s.
We believe that is what the residents want and deserve.
Paul’s is in the heart of our Village. It could be the heart
of community activity. With proper planning, a public alternative
can be developed which will benefit all the residents, improve our
property values, and serve as a priceless legacy for future generations.
urge you to write to your Trustees and encourage them to re-think
this foolish pursuit of private commercial development at St. Paul’s.