Hartsdale Neighbors Association (“HNA”) is a volunteer driven community based organization whose goal is to promote, advance and protect the interests of the property owners and residents across all Hartsdale neighborhoods. Our mission is to work towards protecting and enriching a quality of life that is expected, deserved and welcomed by those in our community.
It’s a busy week in Greenburgh this week, especially Wednesday. Please see below for a list of events in the town this week and next. Greenburgh meetings are streamed online at www.greenburghny.com and viewable on demand. Questions or something we missed? Info@hartsdaleneighbors.org.
13th- Representatives of Maplewood Swim & Tennis Club will be meeting with the Town Board to discuss the possibility of redeveloping the site for an assisted living facility. 10:00 am Greenburgh Town Hall
14th- The Town Board will be hosting a public discussion related to a proposed future residential development by the owner (Ridgewood) of the former Elmwood Country Club site. 7:00pm Greenburgh Town Hall. Town Board meeting to follow.
Also the 14th-Superintendents Dessert/Community Engagement Meeting. Sit down with Superintendent Chase for a discussion with the latest in the GCSD school district. 6:30pm, Mansion Room, Woodlands Campus.
And also the 14th- Hartsdale Fire District Commissioner meeting. 7:00pm Fire House on W. Hartsdale Ave.
20th- GCSD School Board Meeting- 7:00 PM: Lee F. Jackson Cafeteria
28th- Greenburgh Town Board Meeting Public Comment for 2019 Budget. 7:30 PM: Town Hall
Greenburgh releases 2019 budget.
- Town Wide or A Budget(All Villages and Unincorporated Pay)
- Town Wide Expenditures jump from $18.8mm to $27mm.
- $7mm allocated for spending on a new Court House.
- $800k increase from $3.6 to $4.5mm in Employee Benefit Costs.
- $10mm from Fund Balance(Aka Reserves).
- TOV Budget or B Budget(Only Unincorporated Areas Pay)
- Expenditures jump from $76.7mm to $81.41mm.
- Expected Revenues decrease from $18.1mm to $16.3mm.
- Primarily reduction in expected building licenses and permits.
- $2mm budgeted for “Judgement and Claims”. Same as 2018.
- $3.2mm increase from $15.7mm to $18.9mm in Employee Benefit Costs.
- $920k increase in appropriations for Debt Service. $5mm of TOV Fund Balance(Aka Reserves)
- $50k for Four Corners Revitalization Traffic and Flood Studies.
More detailed analysis to come.
Current Initiatives:Updated 10/31/2018
- Four Corners Revitalization-
- On 10/24, the Town Board unanimously referred the Draft Study Vision Statement for the 4 Corners to the Planning Board for comment. The next step is for the Planning Board to review, listen to public comment, suggest changes, and refer back to the Town Board for approval. We thank everyone who has been involved in advocating for 4 Corners Revitalization. There is no reason whatsoever for this first step to have taken as long as it did, but we are finally moving forward. Rest assured this would not be happening without the HNA and your support.
- You can download a copy of the Draft Study here. Let us know what you think!
- Further details and the ability to join the conversation are on the dedicated Four Corners page. If you have not already signed the petition make sure to do so at the above link!
- Elmwood Country Club Property Development
- Ridgewood Realty, the private developer who purchased the Elmwood property with an eye to redevelop it into an Active 55+ Townhome community recently met with the Planning Board. This was despite the fact, that just like 4C, the Town Board has not moved to act on this proposal. Click here to read the Letter to the Editor in the Scarsdale Inquirer by HNA President Eric Zinger on this subject. We believe whether you are for or against the requesting PUD and zoning change, the Town Board should take a position and provide clarity.
- The developer has submitted their plans to the town and met with the Town Planning Board informally in August. It is now pending action from the Town Board to move forward in the process.
- The former Elmwood Country Club has been sold to private real estate developers who are looking to develop the property. The property is currently zoned R-30 which allows for a variety of uses but is most often associated with single family detached homes. The developers have an as-of right to develop the property in this manner if they wish.
- The developer Ridgewood Real Estate Partners would like to see the property rezoned to allow them to build an “Active 55+ Adult community” with townhouses. This would allow them to build a higher density community and increase the number of units on the property. There are many issues at stake here including density, traffic, impact to Greenburgh schools, taxes (single family homes are taxed much higher then condos & townhouses), parkland, and more. It is also important to note that any zoning changes could lay the groundwork for similar projects in the future.
- Click here to see the town work session with the developers.
- Edgemont Incorporation- Click here to see the HNA Presentation on the potential impact of Edgemont Incorporation
- The town has won their Appellate Division Appeal in the lawsuit regarding the Edgemont Incorporation Petition.As a refresher, Supervisor Feiner ruled that the incorporation petition was invalid and the EIC filed an Article 78 lawsuit in NY Supreme Court (NY’s trial level) to challenge that ruling. The EIC won that challenge and the town appealed to the Appellate Division. In a ruling issued today the Appellate Division, Second Department, overturned the Article 78 decision and ruled “Accordingly, the Supreme Court should have denied the petition pursuant to CPLR article 78, dismissed the proceeding, and declared that the petition for incorporation does not comply with the requirements of Village Law”. Read the decision at the link below.
- If you are new to this topic, Click here to see the HNA Presentation on the potential impact of Edgemont Incorporation on the rest of Unincorporated Greenburgh and Hartsdale.
- Potential Edgemont Incorporation is the topic on everyone’s mind in Hartsdale and Unincorporated Greenburgh. Hartsdale Neighbors Association was first formed in response to Edgemont potentially becoming Greenburgh’s 7th Village. Confused about villages, towns, town outside village designations? Click here for some background on Hartsdale and the makeup of the Town of Greenburgh.
- Greenburgh School Updates- The Hartsdale Neighbors Association May meeting featured Dr. Tahira Chase, the Superintendent of the Greenburgh Central School District. If you did not get to attend you missed out on an engaging discussion. Following the meeting and speaking with Dr Chase, I was asked to join the newly formed “Construction Advisory Committee” for GCSD. The goal of this committee is to provide input, advice and support to the five-year capital plan. Our first meeting was this past week and we were privy to some exciting news. Details are still being finalized and coordinated, but in 2018, the School District will be looking to hold a referendum on a bond to totally overhaul the existing school buildings. This would involve a new building for a Grade 3-8 school, an expansion of Lee F. Jackson, and a total overhaul of the Woodlands building. I believe this is an exciting opportunity for us to transform the GCSD and will be sharing more details with you as they are developed.
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