WPCNR Afternoon Tribune: Planning Board Round-up By Shivaun Dipshan. Wednesday, June 19, 2002. 3:00 PM E.D.T.: The Planning Board’s June monthly meeting revealed that plans for the Jillian Estate Subdivision have been put on hold due to the expiration of the builder’s contract with the landowner.
A lawsuit is pending between the applicant and the owner. The applicant is suing the owner because he wants a renewal of the option agreement, which expired in June. Mary Cavallero, Chairperson, said that the board will “adjourn pending advice from the law department.”
The Jillian Estates is a proposal for 14 new homes that would be placed parallel to Sunset Drive. The proposed location is an environmentally sensitive area. Neighbors are saying this construction would change the character of the neighborhood. The developer, Leslie Cohen estimated that the number of tress that would be cut down is 168.
Eric Press, Co-President of Woodcrest Heights Homeowners’ Association has said that the project would create extra traffic and noise.
Worried About Appearance
Seth M. Mandelbaum, the representative for Nextel Communications presented the revised design for the wireless facility they wish to install at White Plains Mall based on the comments of the Planning Board’s last meeting.
Their new design is 8ft lower and sleeker than the original. The actual structure of the design is 10 ft, adding to the height of the penthouse. There would be 12 antennas that would be 4 ft. high by 6 in. wide.
Carlos Roskell, Planning Board Member, voiced his concern about adding more height on the penthouse.
“We did lower the facility as much as possible,” Mandelbaum said.
J. Russell Imlay voiced his concern about the visibility of the facility.
“We want the antennas to look like they belong there…It’s gotta look right,” he said.
Residents, Jim McMahon and Erica Schornstadt, who live in the area voiced their concern about the health threat, esthetic effect, and the over development in their neighborhood.
Cavallero explained that the reason the board was so concerned with this facility as opposed to others was because people can see it from their windows.
The board then asked the representative to come back on July 16th with an architectural design that would be more appeasing to the eye.
Improvements Need to Be Made on Jaffee Subdivision
The Jaffee Subdivision planned at 89 Woodcrest Avenue, also in Woodcrest Heights, was told that treatments of the driveway would need to be examined before the board made any decisions.
“We will need to see a profile of the driveway to make improvements on it, said Susan Habel, Commissioner of Planning. She asked for cut and fill estimates, cross-sections on all 3 properties and driveway profiles.
Habel also said that they would have to do a survey of the adjacent properties to make sure they wouldn’t be affected by blasting.
Further discussion of the subdivision is set for their July 16th meeting.
Plans to visit Armogida Site
The Armogida site, which is planned at 57 Hall Avenue, is an environmentally sensitive site. Residents who live near the planned site complained about serious problems of erosion and sewage. They also said there were not enough parking spaces there already and if they were to improve the street it would only make it worse.
Cavallero, recommended that the board “schedule a time to look at it.” The visit is scheduled for June 29th at 8:30 a.m. and is not open to the public.
Changes Need to Be Made on St. Agnes Antenna Sitings.
Both Omnipoint Communications and Verizon Wireless are requesting permits for antenna facilities to be set up at St. Agnes Hospital, which is located on North Street.
Omnipoint needs these antennas to supply reliable coverage around the surrounding area. They already have existing antennas on the building and are requesting the permission to change them.
According to the representatives, the change will be very minimal, the framework and the zoning divisibility will not change.
The antennas for Verizon are planned for the lower roof of the main building of the hospital.
Cavallero said that she was open to co-location because it “cuts down on extra poles going up.”
She said the board is likely to approve these facilities next month unless there are any objections from the Department of Public Works.