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Dobbs Ferry Trustees Review Rivertowns Square Plan

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – The Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees held its second public work session on Monday night as it continued to review the proposed Rivertowns Square project.

There will be three work sessions total as the board reviews the applicant’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement before it becomes finalized and subject to public review.

On Monday night the board discussed traffic and parking concerns the project could potentially bring to the village. The committee presenting the project’s application described tactics that would be used to anticipate traffic impacts as they analyze a total of 36 intersections surrounding the proposed site. Some intersections analyzed are more than a mile away from the center of the project to help further understand potential traffic impacts.

The plan for the project would extend Ogden Ave., create two lanes going into the site and would also include a roundabout at the Ogden Ave intersection.

“It’s a traffic calming and a traffic safety tool,” said Jim Ryan, one of the site development consultants.

As the document is not yet complete, there were discussions of adding brief sentences within it explicitly detailing how many vehicle trips would be added to various intersections due to the project. There was also a discussion of adding a glossary in the document to explain various terms in the document.

“It’s a reasonable plan, it will probably need adjustment, but it looks good now,” said George Palmer, a village engineer.

As described in a document on the Dobbs Ferry village website, the Rivertowns Square project would redevelop an existing commercial property that is approximately 17.7 acres in size. The area for the project is located off of Stanley Ave, Lawrence St, Livingston Ave and Danforth Ave. The proposed project would demolish current office buildings, parking and loading areas that take up approximately 200,000 square feet.  The proposed redevelopment would include a multi-story residential building with approximately 223 units and a parking structure, a 107 room hotel, an approximately 70,000 square foot supermarket, about 28,550 square feet of various retail space in three buildings and approximately 6,400 square feet of retail/restaurant space in two buildings.

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