Tarrytown Village Notes

The following notes are from joint Tarrytown Board of Trustees and/or Planning Board meetings over the past month and are intended to provide the reader with a summary of where major issues stand:

On February 6, 2006, as expected, the Trustees and the Planning Board in separate votes, put in place the final step in the SEQRA process by accepting the “Findings” document for the Ferry Landings project.

The next step will be for the Planning Board and the Architectural Review Board to begin their review of the developer’s “Site Plan.” Actual construction on the Ferry Landings site could begin in late spring or early summer. (See “Economic Impacts of the Ferry Landings Project” in this issue.) Groundbreaking for the new Village Hall took place on February 16, 2006 with all members of the Board in attendance. A joint Planning Board/ Architectural Review Board public discussion of the Ferry Landings “Site Plan” at 7:00PM was scheduled at the Senior Center on March 6.

Discussion continues on the Wilson Park project with the Planning Board acting as the lead agency in this proceeding. Runoff into Tarrytown Lakes from proposed new homes has been brought to the Board’s attention several times by various members of the public. To that point, the Village’s publication, “The Tarrytowner,” has already detailed a Master Plan for the health of the Lakes through analyzing the impacts of drainage and ground water in the area. The Master Plan will also address possible future use of the Lakes as a backup drinking water facility. The Planning Board met on February 27 with the notation that the Wilson Park DEIS has been formally submitted. In actuality, it was submitted last year. Next steps will be to eventually accept that DEIS and move on to completing the FEIS. Prior to the Ferry Landings meeting at the Senior Center, a Planning Board work-session was scheduled to deal with a completed engineering study called the “Tarrytown Lakes Watershed and Drainage Study/Storm Water Management Plan.”

A resolution on a proposed agreement between the Villages of Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Briarcliff Manor was passed which will study the feasibility of all three Villages connecting up to the Delaware Water System.

The study cost is estimated at approximately $60,000 dollars to be split evenly between the three Villages. New York State has mandated that a second system should be added to the current Catskill System for safety and possible repair work in the future. In a separate action, Village Engineer Mike McGarvey met with representatives of PCI Water Services Consulting, to discuss long term maintenance and yearly funding of the Tarrytown Water system. McGarvey asked that an annual amount of money be set aside for the system.

On February l3th, Westchester County presented to the Board of Trustees a first look at what will be known as “River Walk.” Anthony Zaino, of the Westchester Planning Commission detailed a 37 mile walk through towns and Villages along the Westchester side of the Hudson River that will run from the northern boundary of New York City all the way up to Putnam County. The original idea, according to Zaino, was Andy Spano’s and will incorporate many different riverfront areas for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Crescent Associates FEIS is being prepared for their 60,000 sq. ft. office building at 155 White Plains Road.

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