YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Having already cleared legal and zoning hurdles, Mohegan Court, an eight-unit apartment complex proposed for Lexington Avenue is nearing the finish line after a public hearing for the site plan closed Monday, May 8.
Later, after tinkering with the plan, the zoning board of appeals granted setback variances, allowing the apartment complex to move forward with a plan to put up two buildings, 80 feet apart and each with four units.
“The appropriateness of the use, the propriety of the use, the legality of the use—those all have been squared away,” said attorney Al Capellini, representing RPG Properties.
That didn’t stop Yorktown residents from complaining about the multi-family development being built in what they said was a single-family neighborhood.
“We’re looking more and more like a city than a suburb, so I’m against all this apartment building,” said resident Mark Lieberman.
Resident Paul Moskowitz called the building “inappropriate,” saying there is too much “high-density” housing in Yorktown, which is in conflict with town’s Comprehensive Plan.
“I urge you to reject this plan and have them come back with something that is really appropriate to this neighborhood,” Moskowitz told the planning board.
Resident Dan Strauss said though he, too, objects to the apartment, it is not up to the planning board to determine the appropriateness of the project, so long as it conforms to the zone.
Capellini said, contrary to public belief, the area in which the apartment complex would be constructed is not all single-family homes. He said there is a medical facility and other multi-family houses in the neighborhood.
“This is not a pristine, residential community,” Capellini said. “It is an eclectic use, an eclectic area, and its whole orientation is on Lexington Avenue, not the residential area in the back.”
The planning board voted to close the public hearing and will vote on the site plan at a later date.