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Sleepy Hollow Planning Board Takes Up River's Edge Wednesday

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – The River's Edge development on the Castle Oil site is the subject of a special meeting of the Sleepy Hollow Planning Board on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at village hall.

Developers are hoping plans for the site will be approved soon so that the oil tanks on the property can be removed by the year's end.

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. Plans for an underground parking garage, as well as shifting around entrances, have been eliminated .

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 a January 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 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has deemed that the site's polluted soil needs to be remediated.

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 park, developers want to add a retail kiosk that could sell seasonal items to park-goers.

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