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Developer Pitches Sports, Adventure Park in undeveloped acreage next to Somers Manor


SOMERS, N.Y.-A proposed new use for some the unused Route 100 acreage abutting Somers Manor would attract a decidedly younger clientele. 

Instead, Ari Schwebel told the town board last week, he hoped to attract energetic youngsters and athletes of all ages—at least 15,000 of them a month—to a mammoth indoor sports and amusements complex. Multiple indoor fields and courts would share a building, said Schwebel, president of Riverside Development Group in Manhattan.

His informal pitch was one of several discussions at the board’s Thursday work session. The other conversations included consideration of:

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• Barriers that could be erected between underage teens and burgeoning “vape” shops, purveyors of e-cigarettes;

• Strategically placed, town-owned cameras to identify the dumpers of roadside trash; and,

• Restrictions aimed at curbing the ubiquitous plastic bags that now bring home groceries, medicines and most anything on a retail shelf.

While Schwebel’s proposal, lasting the better part of an hour, was the evening’s longest discussion, it ended like the others, only with board agreement to give the matter further consideration.

Schwebel sketched his proposal in general terms.

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