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Posted on: August 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] MEETING SEPTEMBER 1 -POSSIBLE SINGLE FAMILY HOMES AT MAPLEWOOD SITE OFF OF W HARTSDALE AVE

Met with a developer of single family homes today (via zoom). He would like to develop single family homes at Maplewood (off of W Hartsdale Ave). A previous applicant for an assisted living facility withdrew application.

SEPTEMBER 1 AT 8 PM --DEVELOPER TO MEET VIA ZOOM WITH COMMUNITY TO DISCUSS SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING CONCEPT AT MAPLEWOOD OFF OF W HARTSDALE AVE


Recently, the developer of a proposed Assisted Living Facility at the Maplewood Club off of West Hartsdale Ave withdrew their application (see below). This morning Building Inspector Steve Fraietta and  I spoke with another potential developer who would like to build single family homes at the site. Up to 18 single family homes can be built at this location under perfect conditions. My guess is that no more than a dozen homes could be built (because of property conditions).  Before the assisted living facility withdrew their application some residents of Hartsdale had contacted me - hoping for single family housing.


The developer does not want to invest money in the project if there will be substantial opposition.  I have scheduled a meeting on Tuesday, September 1  at 8 PM with the developer and will invite the Town Board to hear the presentation.    The meeting will be held via zoom and residents will be invited to participate.  The goal: to include the community in the process of redeveloping the site very early on. Citizens should be partners in land use decisions with their government, in my opinion. 


If you have any comments, concerns, questions please e mail me at pfeiner@greenburghny.com and I will forward them to the possible applicant.  Would also welcome your initial reaction to the possibility of single family homes being placed at this location.  Thank you! 

PAUL FEINER

Just wanted to keep you informed of the status of the proposed assisted living facility at Maplewood.  In its review, the NYS Department of Transportation has stated that the developer must build a new left turn lane at the existing main driveway for motorists of the site, or alternatively, the applicant was told by the state that it was acceptable to convert the existing full movement driveway to right in/right out only.

The Town Board, after consulting with Town staff, including the Traffic and Safety Unit of the Police Department, and the Town’s traffic consultant for the project, indicated to the applicant that the right in/right out option raised concerns regarding vehicles that would use nearby residential streets, which was not a component of the originally submitted plan.    

Since the Town Board relayed this concern, the applicant had requested to be adjourned from the Planning Board, ZBA and Town Board agendas. On August 4th, the Applicant formally withdrew the application.

I have received inquiries about other potential uses of the property. The property is zoned One-Family Residential, and could be the subject of a one-family residential subdivision proposal. A link to the permitted and special permit uses in the One-Family Residence Districts follows: https://ecode360.com/10602019

Not related to the former application, but in connection with a policy of the Comprehensive Plan, on September 9th, the Town Board will hold a public hearing adding a 4,000 linear ft. separation distance requirement to the existing special permit criteria for assisted living facility uses (local law amendment). The Maplewood site is located within 4,000 linear ft. of the existing Sister’s of Mercy Assisted Living Facility on Ridge Road, adjacent to Harts Brook Park and Preserve. If the local law is approved the Maplewood site would not meet the special permit criteria for an assisted living facility use.

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