Scoping sessions are underway
Click “NCCTV,” at left, or “Read more,” below, for schedule of replays.
By Christine Yeres
January 11, 2008
On Wednesday, January 9, the Town Board held two scoping sessions, opportunities for residents to contribute their comments to the draft scoping document on the proposed redevelopment of the Reader’s Digest property by developer Summit Greenfield. Summit’s plan to construct 278 condominium units on the property and rent its office space to an unlimited number of commercial tenants depends on the zoning changes it is seeking.
Each session began with a brief overview of the project by Summit’s representatives, with the remainder of the two hours devoted to residents’ comments. The sessions are already showing on NCCTV’s Channel 78. A schedule of replays is below.
The afternoon session drew about 35 residents. Of 12 speakers, half spoke in favor of the affordable housing component of the project (56 of the 278 units), and half drew attention to the disadvantages of the proposal, mainly on grounds of increased traffic, the size of the project and costs to the town of the increased population. The last speaker was a representative of the Building and Realty Institute of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region, an industry association based in Armonk. He had come to recommend Summit’s proposed development to the town board.
About 90 residents attended the evening session. Of the 15 residents who spoke, all opposed the plan. Some attested to the unenforceability of the age restrictions on which Summit’s plan depends; others pointed to increased costs to the town and school district of the added population, costs the speakers viewed as greater than increased taxes from the development. Speakers objected to the projected traffic burden and saw size of the office-with-residential project as too large. Many speakers took the opportunity to remind the developer that he had bought the property under existing zoning laws and had no “right” to a change in zoning.
One resident asked the board whether scoping comments in response to last year’s proposal would automatically be incorporated into the present scoping document. The board answered that this proposal would be treated as a separate one, and those comments should be made again if residents wanted them included in the present proceeding.
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To view the schedule of replays of the January 9, 2008 scoping sessions, visit NCCTV’s schedule grid at http://www.ncctv.org/what’s_on_channel_78.htm.
The sessions play on Channel 78 at the following times:
Fridays, 9am Afternoon Scoping
10pm Evening Scoping
Saturdays, 9am Afternoon Scoping
10am Evening Scoping
12 midnight Afternoon Scoping
1am Evening Scoping
Sundays, 9am Evening Scoping
12pm Afternoon Scoping
Mondays, 3pm Afternoon Scoping
4pm Evening Scoping
Tuesdays, 9am Evening Scoping
6pm Afternoon Scoping
Wednesdays, 4pm Afternoon Scoping
5pm Evening Scoping
10pm Afternoon Scoping
Thursdays, 11am Afternoon
3pm Evening Scoping