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."