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Neighbors Start Fight Against Continuum Assisted Living Plan

A group has coalesced around concerns over the size of the proposal.

 

Several Irvington residents are organizing an effort to educate their neighbors about the size and scope of the assisted living facility proposed for 30 S. Broadway.

Not only have they launched a website, http://www.ProtectIrvingtonNY.org — they are starting what member Barry Graubart called "an aggressive outreach effort with a particular emphasis on educating registered voters prior to the March 20 Trustee election."

When asked at last week's candidates' forum, the three men running for two seats on the Board of Trustees [Republican incumbents Walter Montgomery and Rocco (Rick) Rasulo and Democrat Mark Gilliland] did not express differences of opinion on the project.

, the company proposing is seeking approval from the planning board.

Peter B March 14, 2012 at 04:34 PM
The idea of a facility of this size for such a small town does not seem to be very well thought out. The amount of traffic ,congestion, construction and general disruption this will cause will be terrible for the town. It is very difficult to do any repairs or construction in a town like Irvington , yet this project seems to be trying to side step the process. I am glad the residents are uniting against this project , There have to be better ways for the town to raise money without disrupting the whole community. Peter B
Michael P March 14, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Being a home owner in Irvington meant being protected from uncontrolled development or "improvements" affecting the town in a negative way by a way of strict process around zoning board, planning board and Irvington building department. By dictating all construction within the town needing to go through a rigor of this process made up for the fact that the process itself can be slow and frustrating at times. Based on some information on how this development in particular is being treated with unmatched preferencial treatment really does rob any justification of process every homeowner in the town has to go through. Who looks after the "due process" when people who are elected to care about ensuring process are looking the other way?
Patty M March 14, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Why is the Village all of a sudden seeking to change well established multi-family zoning laws to favor a single entity?? Not too long ago, Irvington was voted Best Place to Live in Westchester, but considering all of this over development, it will not be for long. :( Patty M
Mark P March 14, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I would be surprised if any careful examination of the facts finds that it's a good idea to put a 105,000 square foot facility with 80 employees at the top of a driveway emptying onto one of the busiest traffic spots in Irvington.
Leah B March 14, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Being an Irvington resident, I too am very concerned by the thought of having a 105,000 square foot facility in the heart of Irvington. It really seems that traffic, safety and the environment have not been considered enough with the proposal of this facility. Additionally, the zoning laws developed by Irvington are strike and are this way for a reason and I question why this particular project does not have to go through the same strike process that any other Irvington business or resident would. I really hope Irvington residents and other surrounding towns come together to appose this project, as it will have profound impact on the local community, even though the project claims to be "low impact"!
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) March 15, 2012 at 01:41 AM
We've added an arial view of the property and a rendering of the project from the neighbors' website. Check them out.
Pat G March 15, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Is this a joke! Why haven't I heard of this before! This will ruin the Village!
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) March 15, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Pat G: Patch has been writing about this since it was first proposed last May. You can see all our Patch coverage at: http://rivertowns.patch.com/topics/continuum
Patty M March 16, 2012 at 06:25 PM
After a review of the website, the section entitled "What does 105,000 sq. ft looks like" really put this in perspective. So the Village is considering putting something the size of TWO SUPER STOP & SHOPS in the place of FEE.

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