YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A site plan featuring a Lowe’s, two restaurants and a bank was unanimously approved Monday night by the Yorktown Planning Board.
The approval came less than a month after the public hearing opened on Monday, Nov. 21. Though no one opposed the plan at that time, the hearing was adjourned because of unresolved issues with the planned five-lot subdivision.
The subdivision still has not been approved, but the planning board decided Monday night, at the request of the developer, to separate the site plan from the subdivision. After spending 20 minutes fine-tuning the language in the resolution, the board voted to approve the site plan, grant a wetlands permit and a tree permit, and approve a stormwater prevention plan.
Before voting, the public was given the chance to speak about the proposed Lowe’s at 3200 Crompond Road. No one spoke Monday and only two people spoke last month—both in favor of the plan. Unlike the Costco Wholesale Club proposal, which was scrapped in favor of Lowe’s after six years of staunch opposition, Planning Board Chair Richard Fon said he hasn’t heard a peep from the public about this new plan.
“We’ve had no written correspondence, no calls—nothing on this,” Fon said.
Yorktown Jaz LLC, a subsidiary of Breslin Realty, owns the 3200 Crompond Road property where Costco was supposed to go. The company introduced the new plan with Lowe’s as the centerpiece in September.
The plan features a 120,663 square-foot Lowe’s and a 25,448-square-foot garden center. There are also three outbuildings—a 7,600-square-foot restaurant, a 4,500-square-foot restaurant and a 4,000-square-foot bank. Those tenants have not been announced.
Yorktown Jaz is proposing the project as five separate parcels: the four businesses and a large parcel of open space owned by New York State, which is mostly wetlands and stormwater facilities. The plan initially included 3.38 acres of state land, but has added about 3 more acres since the Nov. 21 hearing.
Nick Panyotou, the project’s engineer, said this increases the total green space associated with the plan from 51 to 58 percent. Additionally, the amount of undisturbed land has increased from 22 to 23 percent, he said.
“Everything is a plus,” Panyotou said.
Fon agreed, saying the addition did “nothing but improve the situation.”
Yorktown Jaz owns all of the commercially zoned lots and is the “contract vendee” of the wetlands parcel from New York State, Panyotou said.
The boundaries of the subdivision are being finalized and the planning board will vote on that aspect of the project at a later date.
All local approvals of the project are within the planning board’s jurisdiction.