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DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – There’s still time to have your voice heard even though the Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees voted to close the public hearings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement review phase on Rivertowns Square Monday. The written comment public period, which is the most recent phase of the State Environmental Quality Review Act, was extended 30 days by the board until Feb. 23. The board agreed to schedule at least one public hearing for the Final Environmental Impact Statement once it is complete for review.

“The public and interested parties are encouraged to submit questions and comments regarding relevant aspects of the proposal, including potential impacts and mitigation,” said Dobbs Ferry Mayor Hartley Connett in a message to residents.

Ardsley Village Manager George Calvi said residents who plan on attending Dobbs Ferry board meetings should be prepared with their statements.

“Although public comments may be made at those meetings regarding Rivertowns Square, it is requested those comments be accompanied by a written submission because there will be no stenographer present if you want your comments to be made part of the public record on this matter,” he said.

Ardsley also released its response to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project, with its comments on various aspects of the development.

The Rivertowns Square project would redevelop an existing 17.7 acre commercial property bordered by Stanley Avenue, Lawrence Street, Livingston Avenue and Danforth Avenue. The proposed project would include a multi-story residential building with more than 220 units and a parking garage, a 107 room hotel, a 55,000 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

Local residents can submit questions or comments regarding any aspect of Rivertowns Square, whether it is traffic, noise, flooding concerns, construction etc. These can be mailed or emailed to Village Administrator Marcus Serrano at mserrano@dobbsferry.com or the mayor at mayorconnett@dobbsferry.com. The Dobbs Ferry Planning Board will draft a list of comments and questions to submit to the board of trustees and eventually the project developers, who will then address these comments in the Final Environmental Impact Statement. Connett encouraged residents to come out to the next planning board meeting on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in village hall as the board plans to discuss this list before continuing with its regular meeting.

While this is the next step in a long process, Dobbs Ferry resident Paddy Steinschneider reminded others in the comments section of The Daily Dobbs Ferry that the project still has a ways to go before being finalized.

“SEQRA, when properly implemented as is being done by Dobbs Ferry in this application, is the starting point of a review,” he said. “It intends to identify all of the potential impacts of the project. Only once that has been completed can the various boards make a decision on the application.”

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