YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The long and winding journey of a multi-family housing proposal on Crompond Road appears to be nearing its end, provided state and county planning authorities accept Town Board resolutions appointing itself the lead agency on the project and declaring it will have no negative environmental impact.
After closing a public hearing on the developer’s request to rezone 2.6 acres at Crompond and Hamblyn Street from residential (R1-20) to transitional, the board on Tuesday, May 14, voted unanimously to issue both resolutions, key steps in the project’s approvals process.
Joseph Riina, a principal of Site Design Consultants appearing on behalf of developer John DeVito, presented the board with a final “master site plan” of the proposed rental housing at the hearing, which had been adjourned from October.
Other than a reconfiguration of the lone emergency access point for the development, Riina said, “The plan hasn’t changed since we’ve shown it to you last.”
According to the plan, any structures on the site of the single-family home owned by the Laura A. Weyant Revocable Living Trust under contract by DeVito would be razed to make way for the construction of four buildings containing 23 townhouse units, which would be accessed by a single entryway on Crompond and another on Hamblyn designated solely for use in emergencies. This aspect of the plan, in particular, appeased some homeowners on Hamblyn who had voiced concerns about traffic generation and flow.
Donna McGevna, whose property abuts the site, was among a handful of residents who attended the hearing and made of point of thanking the board “for supporting us with regards to the egress out of the property on Hamblyn Street. That’s what we really want.”
But another speaker who identified herself as a Hallocks Mill Road resident said she considered the development “a disaster coming to our town.”
“I’m sad to see all the established trees being taken down along 202 because we’re denuding our community,” she said, but emphasized that her biggest concern was the traffic impact on Hallocks Mill.
To Councilwoman Alice Roker’s query, Riina said that a traffic study presented to the board had included Hallocks Mill. At Roker’s request, he also spoke to the land dedication the developer has agreed to make to the state to improve pedestrian and traffic flow on Crompond in anticipation of another mixed-use proposal for the Roma Building property, which lies immediately to its south.
The emergence of the two proposals—for 36 units, originally, on the Weyant property and a retail/residential development with 42 apartments on 1.34 acres at Crompond and Saw Mill River Road—in quick succession near the end of 2017 triggered the creation of a mini-master plan by which officials could better assess their cumulative effects on the environment and traffic flow at the Crompond/Saw Mill intersection. Under the mini-master plan, the number of curb cuts for both properties would be reduced from six to two-and-a-half. It also calls for a common entryway and land dedications by the applicants to widen Crompond to accommodate turn lanes and further ease traffic flow.
Riina reiterated that “the process for the DOT approvals is lengthy because there’s land dedication going on,” estimating it could take up to 18 months for review by the various departments.
Regarding the landscaping, Riina said a 6-foot privacy fence would be installed along the easterly and southern property lines while post-and-rail fencing with 24 stone pillars would front the property on Crompond.
To renderings of the buildings, which did not show full vegetative coverage, Councilman Tom Diana said, “I tell you, even with less shielding, that’s a pretty nice view going down Route 202 for people.”
Riina said that regardless of how the Roma development proceeds, the Weyant plan would remain intact. As to its progress, in which Riina also plays a role, he said the applicant, Metro Holdings Corp., was trying to find a long-term solution to parking, which the board had encouraged during a preliminary review of its plan in November.
But, Roker assured the audience, “It’s going to happen.”