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Irvington to Discuss Mercy College, Continuum

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – The Irvington Planning Board will discuss two major proposed development projects this week that have residents concerned about potential negative impacts on their neighborhoods: the proposed Mercy College expansion and a proposed assisted-living facility .

The Mercy College expansion will be the subject of a special work session at 7 p.m. Monday at the Irvington Public Library. Planning Board members will discuss their thoughts on the project. Residents will not have the opportunity to speak, because it is a work session.

Mercy College wants to build three 18,000-square-foot faculty office buildings and convert 5,000 square feet of Mercy Hall into a dormitory. The project also includes a 2,000-square-foot addition to an existing building that would be used as a meeting space.

Mercy College sits on 25 acres in Dobbs Ferry and 31 acres in Irvington. About 11,000 full-time and part-time students are enrolled at the college.

Residents in the surrounding neighborhoods in both Irvington and Dobbs Ferry have argued against the proposed expansion.

“We've seen a gradual erosion of our quiet neighborhood,” Irvington resident Anne Myers said during a March Planning Board meeting . Myers lives on Bertha Place and said the increasing number of cars driving through the neighborhood to Mercy College makes it seem “as if we live next to Bloomingdale's on a big sale day.”

The Planning Board will continue to discuss the Mercy College expansion, as well as the proposed Continuum assisted living facility during its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Irvington Public Library. The two projects are among a number of items on the agenda.

The proposed 105,000-square-foot Continuum facility would be on about four acres at 30 S. Broadway, south of Main Street and across from the intersection of Broadway and Harriman Road.

The facility would include 81 assisted-living units, 40 memory-care units, a fitness center, a beauty salon, parking, walking paths and dining facilities.

The proposal also includes actions to revise Irvington's zoning code to allow the facility within the village's multifamily zoning district.

Residents cite several issues with the project, including an increase in traffic. Residents have formed a group, Protect Irvington From Overdevelopment, because of the proposed assisted-living facility.

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