News from Yonkers Committee for Smart Development.
Posted January 22, 2013on:
Hello, YCSD followers, and Happy New Year to you all! We hope you escape the flu season in good health!
2013 will be a busy year in Yonkers:
Art Collins has come to the city with a proposal to build his final piece of Hudson Park, which as you know currently flanks the historic Pier to the west of the MetroNorth tracks. Mr. Collins has asked for a variance from the 1997 Downtown Waterfront Master Plan, which specifies 8 story buildings in this location. He would like to build a 250′ (23-25 story) building on Parcel B, which currently holds his parking garage, adjacent to the Water Treatment Transfer Plant and the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club. His petition to the City Council is attached. The City Council is required to vote on the variance, and can negotiate with the developer about the building height and other elements of the project design.
You can learn more about this project on Tuesday, January 22 (that’s tomorrow) at 5 pm with the City Council Real Estate Committee reviews the proposal. Fourth floor, City Hall.
Glenwood Power Station, Trevor Park, JFK Marina.
Ron Shemesh, who owns Excelsior Packaging in Yonkers, has purchased the historic Power Plant and to his credit want to restore it, smokestacks included, and adaptively reuse it for a conference center, boutique hotel, etc. This is a VERY complicated project, which will require a road down to JFK Marina, extensive parking, and the possibility of the taking of Trevor Park for parking and the road.
Mr. Shemesh has met with the community and has a couple of alternative proposals on how this could all work. The frist step in the NYS environmental review of this project is a Scope Session that is designed to elicit the areas of concern and questions that the public, adjacent landowners, the County, DEC, Army Corp – everyone really – might have about the project. The Scope document is used as the frame of reference for the extended environmental review to come, so it is actually a really important component of the overall process. Attached you will find the Scope document and a page from the NYS SEQRA “Cookbook” that explains a Scope.
You can email your comments to lee.ellman @yonkersny.gov AND you can attend the Scope Session, held by the Planning Board on Wednesday, January 30 at 7 pm in the City Council Chambers, fourth floor at City Hall. The public will be able to present their questions personally at the meeting.
We have also attached the complete NYS SEQRA Cookbook, a handy NYS publication that goes over all the steps for an Environmental Review under the NYS Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)
All best, The YCSD Team