Law & Justice

Grocery Charged With Wetlands Encroachment in Somers

The grocery will take about four of the 26.68 acres being developed as Somers Crossing, which will also have 66 one- and two-bedroom townhome condominiums. Credits: File

SOMERS, N.Y.-The company bringing a long-sought supermarket to downtown Somers has been charged with infringing on sensitive wetlands adjoining its construction site.

DeCicco & Sons, which operates boutique grocery stores in some half-dozen Westchester and Putnam communities, faces a fine of up to $4,000 when it answers the state charge in town court on Monday, March 5.

Scheduled to open in November, the supermarket and its parking area are under construction off Route 202 on acreage carved out from the 66-townhome Somers Crossing behind the existing Somerstown Center shopping complex.

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But in the fall, state and town engineers say, DeCicco’s construction efforts ran afoul of New York’s strict wetlands regulations and the limits of Somers’ site-plan approval.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) charged DeCicco with “altering” a 100-foot area adjoining the wetlands by excavating, clearing vegetation and placing fill. DEC protects Somers’ freshwater wetlands as well as the 100-foot buffer area around them.

Steven Woelfle, Somers’ principal engineering technician, said DeCicco will “have to replant that area they encroached upon.”

“They’ve been very responsive,” he said.

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