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Rivertowns Square Developer Suspends Review

SEQRA process for Rivertowns Square is suspended; no date has been set for when it will resume.

Dobbs Ferry Mayor Hartley Connett sent the following message to residents Thursday:

This message is to inform residents, relevant review boards, and all agencies and interested parties that the Applicant for the mixed use proposal known as Rivertowns Square has notified the  Village to suspend the SEQRA review process at this time. As any new information or direction from the Applicant becomes available the village will communicate to the public.

Village administrator Marcus Serrano said he could not comment on the reason the review process had stopped and that a date had not been set for its resumption. 

"The only thing I can confirm and say is that we did stop all of the consultants from working on the development," said lead developer Martin Berger. He also would not comment on the process' sudden cessation. 

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. 

Concerned Local Merchant August 04, 2012 at 05:45 PM
How shortsighted of those residents whose only agenda is how it impacts them personally. While the original project may have over reached in scope, the lifestyle improvements to the overhelming majority of residents would have been profoundly enhanced. It's time for the rest of the community to speak up. And to those whose argument is that this project will hurt downtown business, with the limited parking available for shoppers those merchants are already hamstrung. Downtown needs more parking, not just for shoppers but how about for all the employees who work there.
change can be good August 05, 2012 at 03:06 AM
the Village board killed down town ask every store owner and I will bet you 8 out of 10 have an unfavorable review of the past 15 years of leadership. We are going backwards in Dobbs and I mean in a hurry. Paddy I support the project and I hope the developer finishes this. Remember my friends be careful what you wish for we may end up with something far worse than what is or was planned.
George Bailey August 05, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I'm trying to separate fact from fiction. There is nothing indicating that the developer has done anything other than asking the Village to hold off on finishing the EIS until the Village has made its intentions clear. While there are rumors about other uses for the existing building, nothing indicates that the developer has withdrawn the application and moved ahead with a tenant. There is also nothing that indicates that the Mayor and Board of Trustees have yet made any decisions about the project. The people cheering that the project has been killed by the Village Board seem to be making a lot of assumptions. If the Board denies the application before it completes SEQR, it would be violating State laws. A couple of things do seem clear and people should make sure that they really know what they are encouraging with their enthusiasm. The owner of the property could decide to rent the existing buildings out without any major approval process with the village. If the existing space was simply rented out, there would be no requirement for any improvements that would address the traffic problems. If it turned out that reusing those existing buildings made the traffic get worse, the cost of street improvements would be the responsibility of the village. Renting out the buildings as is puts cost demands on the village without providing any additional tax revenue. Given all alternatives, the village's consultants have said that the project proposed is best for the village.
BR Cannon August 08, 2012 at 02:39 AM
That flyer sent by the "Rivertowns Preservation Association" was not so good. It did not help their cause, it was hard to know what was fact and what was hysterical conjecture or just off point (pollution?). I'm interested to hear them make their case but not like that.
ILOVEMYTOWN August 09, 2012 at 01:02 PM
This should have been down sized down from the start. They made no effort to fight it and welcomed it with open arms. The local govt seems to have very self centered interests as they have not shown us any ways this would help the village or the towns around us. They accepted the plan in full with open arms until residents spoke out. Even the developers took out an add. Where is our government for the people? The traffic down by the gym now is a joke an an embarrasment to our town. How can the village trustees ignore it and not try to fix it yet. Nice barrier they put up to make us look ghetto, but the design of that traffic exit/entry is a joke and so are the trustees that allowed it to happen.

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