YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The proposed Lowe’s at 3200 Crompond Road will not have to go through an extensive environmental review process at the state level, the Planning Board determined last Monday.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was already prepared for an earlier iteration of the project, a 151,000 square-foot Costco Wholesale Club. That nearly 5,000-page EIS was accepted by the Planning Board as complete in October 2014 after nearly three years of municipal and state review.
Though the Costco plan has been scrapped in favor of Lowe’s, two restaurants and bank, Planning Director John Tegeder said the environmental impacts of the new project are “equal to or less than” Costco, thus a new EIS is not necessary.
“[The Planning Board] reviewed the materials submitted, which analyzed the differences between the Costco and the Lowe’s projects,” Tegeder said. “There’s no new potential for significant adverse impacts.”
As Tegeder pointed out, Lowe’s, with a 120,663 square-feet store and a 25,448-square-foot garden center, is smaller than the proposed Costco. The project will also have a 7,600 square-foot restaurant, a 4,500 square-foot restaurant and a 4,000 square-foot bank, but the entire project requires fewer parking spaces, Tegeder said.
“There’s a lot of differences that actually reduce impact,” he said.
With the environmental hurdle cleared, the board will now review the site plan of the project. Representatives for Breslin Realty, which owns the 18.75 acres that make up the Lowe’s site, said the goal is to start construction some time next year and to open some time in 2018.