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Release Date: January 04, 2008

I have always encouraged resident feedback about proposed developments BEFORE applications are submitted. Early feedback provides potential applicants with the ability to determine whether it's worth spending their time and money submitting land use applications. I received the following e mail from Jeff Binder. John Lucido, Building Inspector, advises that this proposed use may be possible with a change in the Ordinance. Currently, the Ordinance permits a facility which includes; ice-skating, tennis, swimming and similar facilities on land containing 5 acres in residential districts by Special Permit, however, they are only permitted in association with “Private clubs or social clubs operated by nonprofit membership corporations exclusively for members and their guests.” What has to be established is if the person who is interested wants to run it as a private membership club or if it is to be open to the general public. If that’s the case then there needs to be a modification in the Special Permit language to allow it.
I have a client who is interested in developing a portion of the Westchester Driving Range site on 100B into the area's first "Eco-Fitness" venue which would include indoor multi-sport, tennis, pool, fitness and organic foods restaurant. The complex would be located on about 6 acres of the 32 that was at one time proposed as a residential subdivision site (a no longer viable deal apparently).

Solar, biodiesels, and geo-thermal would help provide power to run the facility. Local produce would also be served at the restaurant.

Before we go much further with the transaction, we wanted to get a general sense from you whether you thought this would be a positive project for that location and the Town.

Looking forward to your impressions.

Jeffrey Binder, Esq. PS -- I can be reached at (914) 946-3191 as well as e-mail binderlaw@hotmail.com.

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