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Game On Proposition Passes In Greenburgh

The public has voted to support the Westchester Field House's construction on Dobbs Ferry Road.
The public has voted to support the Westchester Field House's construction on Dobbs Ferry Road. Photo Credit: Game On 365

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Greenburgh residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of Town Proposition No. 1 , a lease with Game On 365 to construct a sports complex on Dobbs Ferry Road.

With 80 percent of precincts reporting at 11:30 p.m., 65 percent of voters cast ballot in favor the proposal and 35 percent voted against, according to unofficial results from the Westchester County Board of Elections.

"One of the reasons I wanted to have the referendum is that people were really critical of this"  said Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner. "But the public spoke and it sends a strong message to the planning board that this is what the people want."

The Greenburgh Town Board voted in support of a 15-year lease in August, but turned it over to the public for final approval. The proposal for a 94,000-square-foot dome, called The Westchester Field House, to be built on the former Frank's Nursery property.

The lease with Game On was hotly debated in town board meetings and generated a lawsuit against the town by citizen activists and a competitor.

Martin Hewitt, Game On project manager, said the project would provide more than $5 million to the town of Greenburgh, plus rent payments. The complex's construction would give children a place to train and practice year-round, and provide a track for seniors to walk during the cold winter months for free, the developer said.

Critics of the field house's construction argued that environmental issues made the proposed site a bad choice and that the town wouldn't net the profit that developers claimed. Opponents also said the 80-foot-high complex would bring a huge disturbance to quiet neighborhoods nearby.