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River's Edge Project Nears Sleepy Hollow Approval

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Sleepy Hollow trustees are being asked to reevaluate the architecture design of the proposed River's Edge development, as the planning board is expected to vote on approving the project as early at next Wednesday.

“In order to be clear and open about the review process, this board should at least acknowledge they've seen” the plans and that the plans are still within the original intent of the project, Village Architect Sean McCarthy told trustees during a recent meeting.

National RE/sources first proposed plans in October 2009 to develop the Castle Oil site into a 60-unit, multi-story building between the Hudson Harbor development in Tarrytown and the Horan's Landing park in Sleepy Hollow.

McCarthy noted that since that time, the developer and the planning board have made several slight modifications, including hiding roof-top equipment, reducing the amount of retaining walls and adding landscaping. Other improvements include making the building slightly smaller, modifying parking configurations and tweaking its location to provide more river views.

“We feel that those are acceptable changes because it's still in the spirit of the original concept proposal,” McCarthy said, adding that the planning board was requesting that trustees also acknowledge they feel the changes are within the scope of the original project.

Mayor Ken Wray noted the development has seen a lot of changes, including a new architect, and that this was the developers' way of “dotting the I’s and crossing the T's.” Developers presented current plans to the trustees during a recent meeting.

“The project that we saw presented last week to us was that much further down the road than when they started,” Wray said. “It's quite a striking project.”

Wray said he wanted to give trustees time to absorb the project before making a final decision, although he said he was looking at a special meeting during next Tuesday's work session to approve the plans.

National RE/sources' Lynne Ward has said developers want to break ground by spring 2013. To do so, final project approval is needed and developers will have to remove two large, green storage tanks.

The Sleepy Hollow Planning Board will meet in a work session at village hall on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. to be followed by a regular meeting at 8 p.m.

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