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Construction Begins on Ultra-Large, Ultra-Modern Mansion in Hastings

Homes on Broadway will soon be demolished to be replaced by one contemporary-style mansion.

Drive south on Broadway and—looking right— just by the Hastings/Dobbs Ferry border, you'll see a construction site in front of a red brick Tudor mansion.  

That building in addition to two other homes—that once belonged to the Aranow, Mitzman and Freitag families—will soon be razed to be replaced by a "very large" modern mansion, Hastings officials said.

The three properties on Broadway were purchased separately in 2005, 2006 and 2008 for a total of around $16 million. The owner wishes to remain anonymous.

Hastings Building Inspector Deven Sharma said constructing the new home would cost significantly more than what the owner paid for the properties. According to Sharma, architectural plans reveal a "very modern-looking, very large home...constructed from  combination of concrete and glass."

Hastings law requires that the home be set back at least 100 feet from the main road, but Sharma said this home will be back much further than that. 

Construction has begun, but project superintendent Robin Beauchamp said he had no time line for when the three existing buildings would come down.

"Con Ed. has not shut off the gas to the first house, so we're waiting for that," Beauchamp said.

So far there has been no opposition from neighbors about the project or tearing down the existing structures.

"We want to be good neighbors," Beauchamp said. "This is an exciting project."  

deirdre March 12, 2011 at 01:52 PM
I find this a terrible shame. I'm sure Hastings will benefit by tax revenue but the homes to be torn down will be missed. I can understand why whoever purchased the properties would want their name to be kept secret. I suppose this means they'll have nothing to do with the town once they move in. I wonder why it was so important for them to have this property when they have no interest in the community.
Neill Bogan March 12, 2011 at 07:39 PM
It's a little unusual for the Patch or any other publication not to include the owner's identity in reporting on local construction projects. The responsible thing would be to print the facts. Thanks.
Polly Mitzman March 18, 2011 at 08:59 PM
I grew up in the house pictured. When the properties were originally sold it was understood that the new owners were going to maintain the individual homes as a personal residence and guest houses. It is the new owners' prerogative to change their plans, however it's heartbreaking to not only see a place that I am emotionally attached to, but also the beauty of these historic homes destroyed. It's a great loss to the town. Once again, money talks. Correction: The home pictured is an English Country House, not a Tudor.
Robert Sing March 19, 2011 at 03:42 AM
I couldn't agree more with these comments. It's a shame to see the Rivertowns take one step closer to becoming Bedford or Chappaqua or New Canaan with such large private residences hiding anonymous owners. One need look no further than this house and Michael Fuller's 109 Southlawn in Dobbs Ferry as evidence. In this case it's especially disconcerting to see some signature homes torn down.
Polly Mitzman March 20, 2011 at 02:53 PM
One can only hope that the pristine original woodwork, slate, brick, brass, and copper from both homes will at least be reclaimed.
Madeleine Green May 29, 2011 at 12:39 PM
It would be nice to know, in this friendly community, who will be our neighbors.

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