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Dobbs Ferry Seeks Feedback on Rivertowns Square

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – The Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees unanimously accepted the Draft Environmental Impact Statement from the Rivertowns Square proposal as complete and ready for public review on Tuesday night.

While this is just another step in a long process, what this step does is it allows local residents access to the project’s document and encourages feedback. “Do we feel as a board this document is ready to be released to the public?” asked Dobbs Ferry Mayor Hartley Connett.

The DEIS, which includes detailed traffic studies, flooding effects and other environmental impact research, is now available to everyone on the village website for review and comment.  The document can also be found at the public library and in Village Hall.

Public hearings for the project will begin Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall. “Everything will be on the website so people can download parts of it or the whole thing,” said village administrator Marcus Serrano.

The Rivertowns Square project would redevelop an existing 17.7 acre commercial property bordered by Stanley Ave., Lawrence St., Livingston Ave. and Danforth Ave. The proposed project would include a multi-story residential building with 223 units and a parking garage, a 107 room hotel, a 70,000 square foot supermarket, nearly 30,000 square feet of various retail space in three buildings and approximately 6,400 square feet of retail/restaurant space in two buildings.

The development would replace current office buildings, parking and loading areas that take up approximately 200,000 square feet. “This action is to get the info out to the public so they can be informed and involved,” Connett said.

Many Rivertowns Square representative described this step as the end of the preliminaries and the beginning of the meat of the process.  Some local residents in attendance were still in opposition to the project as currently constructed though

“We’ve got a list of at least 15 things [that need to be addressed],” said Dobbs Ferry resident David Gralnick.

The board was quick to remind those in attendance that this step does not give Rivertowns Square final approval, rather it just accepts its document as complete for public review. “Whether it was a good response or a bad response is the next step,” said trustee David Koenigsberg.

Trustee William Flynn echoed his fellow board member’s statement to encourage residents to not become discouraged. “Now we start poking and the consultants start poking a little harder at the data,” Flynn said.

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