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Top Stories 2012: GM Site Redevelopment Moves Forward

Crews work to dredge the Hudson River at the General Motors site in Sleepy Hollow.
Crews work to dredge the Hudson River at the General Motors site in Sleepy Hollow. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – The site of a former General Motors plant in Sleepy Hollow moved closer to redevelopment in 2012 as officials ruled on a lawsuit and approved a remediation plant.

Crews have been working for several weeks to dredge portions of the Hudson River around an outfall at the edge of the site. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation approved a remediation plan in 2012 that provides for redevelopment.

The 97-acre lot used to house an automotive plant. The plant shut down in 1997 and officials have been working on a redevelopment plan that includes retail, residential and restaurant space. Proposed plans would add about 3,000 residents to the village, officials said.

Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow officials debated the project throughout 2012 as they awaited an official ruling on a lawsuit Tarrytown filed over traffic concerns. A state judge ruled in favor of Sleepy Hollow in September.

“With this news, we are poised to proceed with the most exciting project Sleepy Hollow has seen in a long time,” Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray said in a statement.

State Judge James Hubert said in his ruling that Sleepy Hollow's traffic study was “nothing short of comprehensive.”

“The assertion that Respondents failed to adequately consider, recommend and adopt appropriate traffic mitigation, not only for Route 9, but for all conceivably impacted tributary roads and access roads, also lacks merit,” he wrote.

Tarrytown officials filed a notice of appeal in the case, but said they wanted to work with Sleepy Hollow officials on mitigating traffic concerns.

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