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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Greenburgh Town Board approves Shoprite on Saw Mill River Rd, N Elmsford

The Greenburgh Town Board approved a site plan application to demolish the multiplex cinema at 320 Saw Mill River Rd and to replace the building with a 75,711 sq ft Shoprite grocery store. We approved quality of life conditions advocated by residents.

The Greenburgh Town Board unanimously  approved a site plan application to demolish the multiplex cinema at 320 Saw Mill River Road in Elmsford (across from Sam’s Club) and to replace the building with a 75,711 sq ft Shoprite grocery store with an accessory interior restaurant space together with approximately 10,765 sq ft of attached separate retail space. The application was first submitted to the Town Board on April 15, 2019.  Between the submission and approval the Town Board held a site walk with residents of the community and the Planning Board as well as with the town’s traffic consultants. There have been numerous work sessions, public hearings and discussions on the application.  Some conditions that residents who live near the proposed site advocated were incorporated in the approval.

This is positive news for the town --especially during this difficult time in our history when so many residents are out of work due to COVID-19.  There will be significant construction jobs and permanent job opportunities after the supermarket opens up--providing employment for area residents. We’re also sending a message to other businesses that the town welcomes good economic development. Many people had previously asked town officials to encourage another supermarket to locate in this section of town.  Another supermarket is needed in our community.

Some additional approvals by different Boards will have to be granted within the next few months. It’s anticipated that construction could start late this year. 

SOME OF THE CONDITIONS WE APPROVED LAST NIGHT THAT ADDRESSED SOME CONCERNS RESIDENTS WHO LIVE NEAR THE PROPOSED SUPERMARKET HAD 

 


 All proposed exterior lighting must be downcast.The Applicant must install LED and motion activated lighting in connection with all new lighting.


 


    The Applicant must design and install a sidewalk along the frontage of Old Country Road on the site, and extending to the neighboring Westchester Hills Condominium property to the east, connecting to the Condominium’s westernmost driveway.

 


    The Applicant must design and install a sidewalk connection from the subject property to the neighboring Town of Greenburgh parkland (Pocantico Park) site, providing enhanced pedestrian access to the Greenburgh Housing Authority residential property to the north and enhanced access to the Park.


 The Applicant must design and install a modifications to Old Country Road, including but not limited to mountable curbs (northeast and southeast corner of Old Country Road/Saw Mill River Road), shifting of the lanes and related striping).


 


 The Applicant must design and install public improvements, including, but not limited to, wayfinding signs and updated bus stop, traffic signal modifications (Saw Mill River Road/site entrance; and Old Country Road/Saw Mill River Road), mountable curbs (northeast and southeast corner of Old Country Road/Saw Mill River Road), within the NYSDOT right-of-way..

 


. The Old Country Road entrance/exit shall be designed (curbing, bollards and signage) to the satisfaction of the Town to allow left-in only vehicular movements and right-out only movements for all vehicular traffic, and is angled in such a way as to reduce the potential for headlight glare to impact adjacent residential neighbors to the south of the site. 


 . With respect to residential homes to the south of the site, the Applicant has offered to and shall plant additional evergreen screening to further reduce potential headlight glare and/or noise, in the rear yards of select properties backing up to/fronting on Old Country Road [300 Saw Mill River Road (Parcel ID: 7.190-60-23); 13 Orchard Lane (Parcel ID: 7.190-60-22); 15 Orchard Lane (Parcel ID 7.190-60-21); 17 Orchard Lane (Parcel ID 7.190-60-20); and 19 Orchard Lane (Parcel ID 7.190-60-20)] if permitted by the respective property owner; and/or plant additional evergreen screening within adjacent Town right-of-way areas of old Country Road, under the coordination and to the satisfaction of the Town Forestry Officer.



 


. With respect to residential homes to the south of the site, the Applicant has offered to and shall repair existing fencing as applicable, to further reduce potential headlight glare and/or noise in the rear yards of select properties backing up to/fronting on Old Country Road [300 Saw Mill River Road (Parcel ID: 7.190-60-23); 13 Orchard Lane (Parcel ID: 7.190-60-22); 15 Orchard Lane (Parcel ID 7.190-60-21); 17 Orchard Lane (Parcel ID 7.190-60-20); and 19 Orchard Lane (Parcel ID 7.190-60-20)] if permitted by the respective property owner, and in coordination with the Commisioner of the Department of Community Development and Conservation.


 


. Truck deliveries to the site and store are restricted to operation between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. All deliveries to the store and the adjoining approximately 10,765 sq. ft. separate retail space must be made by vehicles using the rear of the building (i.e., no deliveries will be permitted from the parking areas provided in the front of the stores). The Applicant must pay for the cost of additional or updated signage regarding existing prohibitions of thru-traffic for commercial vehicles on Old Country Road, in consultation with the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works.


 


 If deemed appropriate by the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works, the Applicant must install guiderails along the south side of Old Country Road in the Town right-of-way, across from the location of the approved driveway on Old Country Road, west to the intersection of Saw Mill River Road. 


 


 Trash compactor hours are restricted to operation between 7:00am – 9:00pm, Monday through Friday, and from 8:00am – 8:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Applicant must install noise attenuation barriers on the roof to eliminate any increase over ambient noise levels. 


 


The Applicant shall design and install a monitoring system, in coordination with input from the Town’s Department of Public Works and the Town’s Police Department, to be monitored after installation by the Town, to track the prevalence of unauthorized trucks bypassing the Site on and along Old Country Road and exiting onto Grasslands Road, as compared to conditions prior to the site’s redevelopment, to aid future Town enforcement of illegal truck movements.


 


For construction purposes, the Applicant must use the existing main Saw Mill River Road driveway, and only that driveway, until it is no longer feasible to exclusively use that driveway to continue the improvements to the site. Old Country Road shall not be made accessbile to any construction vehicles until after building demolition activities are complete.


 The Applicant must install seventeen handicapped accessible parking spaces at the site, consistent with the plan entitled “Site Layout Plan,” Sheet 2.11, dated 4/12/19, revised 5/12/20, and prepared by Kevin Solli, P.E., NYS Lic. No. 092156-1 and those listed in Section 13 of this approval. 


 

The Applicant must incorporate the following sustainable components of the project: bicycle storage racks are proposed in multiple locations throughout the site; implementation of heat island reduction measures which will include, planting of shade trees within paved areas and a white membrane roof to reduce energy consumption; light pollution prevention through the implementation of full cutoff, shielded fixtures; utilization of a daylight harvesting system by integrating dimmable lamps thus reducing energy consumption; in sales areas, provide controls that can reduce the ambient light levels to a midlevel (30% to 70% of the maximum illumination level); utilization of LED’s for interior and exterior lighting fixtures. LED technology can provide a 52% more energy efficient operation than fluorescent illumination; Develop and implement an indoor air quality (IAQ) management plan for the construction and preoccupancy phases of the building; utilization of enhanced indoor air quality strategies by mechanically and naturally ventilating spaces through implementation of filtration systems, entryway systems and carbon dioxide monitoring.

Paul Feiner

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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