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Sleepy Hollow Board Reviews River's Edge Condos

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – A proposed residential development at the Castle Oil site in Sleepy Hollow is once again before the village's Planning Board for approval.

The National RE/sources group is seeking to build a 60-unit, multi-story building between Horan's Landing in Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Harbor development in Tarrytown.

National RE/sources official Lynne Ward said developers hope to break ground on the project by Spring 2013 and finish construction within a year.

“We're thrilled for the opportunity for a waterfront brownfield site to be returned back to the people of Sleepy Hollow,” Architect John Jenkins said during the recent Planning Board meeting. “This is an opportunity to really take a site—for lack of a better word, an eyesore—and improve a prime waterfront piece of property in Sleepy Hollow.”

The Castle Oil site is still home to two large, green storage tanks that need to be decommissioned and removed before any building can begin. Additionally, the Department of Environmental Conservation has deemed that the site's polluted soil needs to be remediated.

Plans call for an adjacent parking lot, as well as an underground garage for residents. The building's height has been limited to 60 feet. Planning Board member Hugh Jones noted that the building's density was far greater than existing developments around it and the proposed General Motors development.

Developer Natural RE/sources plans to donate a pier that juts out into the Hudson to the village of Sleepy Hollow for public use. Sleepy Hollow has already procured a state grant to study the pier

Developers say they also want to expand the RiverWalk park along the property's edge, connecting existing sections at Pierson Park in Tarrytown and Horan's Landing in Sleepy Hollow. Another section of the RiverWalk park is expected to be installed at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow in the future. In addition to the RiverWalk part, developers want to add a retail kiosk that could sell seasonal items to park-goers.

Residents at the board meeting said they're excited for the project and the building's design.

“I like it. I'm excited about it,” Sleepy Hollow resident Susan McFarlane said, although she noted it seemed somewhat like an office.

The project's public hearing has been adjourned until the Planning Board's February meeting.

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