WPCNR COMMON COUNCIL CHRONICLE-EXAMINER. Special to WPCNR. August 5, 2014:
Mayor Tom Roach, responding to citizen-generated complaints that holding the third set of French American School of New York hearings the day after Labor Day might unduly limit persons’ ability to attend, announced the third (and potentially last) hearings on the school site plan and Special Permit application would take place on Monday September 8 at 6:30 P.M.
The hearings on the site plan/special permit application and closing of Hathaway Lane saw about 25 persons speak, according to a WPCNR correspondent. The observer told us two new perspectives were brought up by the leader of the North Street Civic Association who pointed out that the North Street neighborhood motorists have no other place to go except North Street in the mornings and afternoons when French American School of New York traffic is expected to impact North Street at the proposed new entrance opposite the White Plains High School entrance. The North Street spokesperson said motorists would avoid possible backed up traffic by driving over Ridgeway to get to Mamaroneck Avenue.
Our correspondent also observed that the Lees who live on the impacted street the city would close, Hathaway Lane, complained the city never came to them and told the closing of the street was being considered.
Our observer noted the Common Council again listened and did not ask any questions of French American School of New York representatives who were there in the audience to elaborate and make clear any matters the citizens speaking brought up.
He mentioned there was questioning of the Common Council and the administration’s leadership on the project. He reported one resident asked the Common Council to make clear their reasons, if they approved the project, whey they thought it would be good for the city and the neighborhood.
He said FASNY did not make any statement on the cost of the project, the site plan revelation that the project would be built in two phases and could take as long as 10 years to complete, because of the need to “replenish” financing. (This new element indicating financing was not in place in its entirety came up in some questioning, but no one from FASNY stepped up to explain it, and the Common Council did not ask FASNY reps to explain it.)
On the Westchester Pavilion…
In another public hearing on the change of zoning for the Westchester Pavilion property, owned by Urstadt-Biddle, two representative from the Carhart Association, said they supported the rezoning (that would allow an increase in height to 280 feet, and parking ratios allowing residential and mixed use development). However they expressed they had concerns about the scope of the project and awaited a more detailed explanation of the project, currently seen only in renderings.