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.

Sign Up for E-News

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.

• To read more from this story in the newspaper, please request a FREE subscription to The Somers Record by clicking on the following link:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


The power of less productivity

Many of the people I meet are trying to do too much. This can be in the domain of home, work or community groups. Often the problem is that these people volunteer to help but do so to their own detriment and then become overwhelmed and ineffective. I have clients who volunteer to join committees, run errands, do someone else’s job or say they will show up for an event when they should just ...

Time to Crank It Up!

It’s easy to get upset these days for any number of reasons. Still, hope springs eternal (even when we’ve given up hope of seeing spring). We live in a time of such grace and deference toward each other that a wimpy word like snowflake is the toughest insult that bullies can muster.  

We’ve all heard of the Bully Pulpit. That’s when somebody uses his leverage ...

Closet Case

Not too long ago, if you said you had a room the size of a closet, it meant the space was probably pretty darn small. These days, however, it’s not uncommon to have a closet the size of a living room, with more sliding drawers, revolving racks and custom shoe trees than Barney’s or Bloomies or Kim Kardashian. So nowadays, if you tell someone you have a room the size of a closet, the ...