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There is a proposed sale of the property at 30 S Broadway (just north of Station Road) to a developer which plans to build a 105,000 square foot, 121 unit (168 residents) for-profit assisted living facility on the site.
The site currently houses a lovely 15,000 sq foot victorian home, a carriage house and private residence which have served as headquarters for the Foundation for Economic Education for more than fifty years. The FEE has moved its headquarters to Atlanta and seeks to sell the site.
The proposed construction is for a 4-story, 105,000 square foot multi-building structure, to include 121 units (each potentially with more than one bed), 40 of which would be for dementia care.
The property is currently zoned for multi-family housing, not for commercial structures such as what has been proposed.
The current zoning code of the Village of Irvington does not permit such a structure to be built. As currently proposed, the structure would violate Irvington zoning statutes are they relate to the following areas:
- Off-street parking
- FAR (floor-area ratio)
- Allowance of an inner courtyard
The current approval process seems to be bypassing the Zoning Board, perhaps as a means of rushing the project to approval. There is no reason why this project, which will require significant variances from our code, should not go through the proper due diligence.
The zoning code was established decades ago to ensure that the Village of Irvington would retain the charm and qualities which led most of us to choose to live here. There’s been no information provided that would argue for us to violate our zoning code to allow this particular structure to be built.
Traffic & Parking
With 121 units (some of which will, undoubtedly have double occupancy), we are looking at 150 or more residents, perhaps 50 daytime employees and a stream of visitors, both family and professional (physicians, social workers and others). Add trucks for food service and other deliveries, and you have a substantial impact on traffic and parking that will undoubtedly exceed the planned 50 spaces.
Even before this project was proposed, the additional traffic from the Mercy expansion, potential Bridge Street development and the new Dobbs Ferry Walgreens will all add to the traffic pressures along Broadway. Irvington does not need to see even more traffic backed up on Broadway from Harriman to the High School.
Learn more about the specific impact to traffic here.
Drain on critical Village resources
IVAC, our volunteer ambulance corps has been decimated in recent years, and presently has just seven full-time and seven part-time EMTs. The additional 911 requirements, even at the level estimated by the applicant, would put undue stress on our current capabilities, creating further strain on current employees and putting our residents at risk. The conservative estimates provided by the builder call for an average of 15 emergency calls to IVAC per month.
In other communities, volunteer ambulance companies have been forced to convert to “for-profit” status in order to meet the expanded needs once an assisted living center was built.
The environmental impact of this project would be massive. The project calls for the clear-cutting of at least 79 trees, with hand removal of two dozen more.
The facility will throw off 16,000 gallons of sanitary sewage water per day.
The property is both in the “Aqueduct Buffer” and in the “Viewshed”, two areas protected by our zoning code.
Changing the character of the Village
The site currently houses a 15,000 sq foot victorian home, along with two other private residences and a few smaller, ancillary structures.
The proposed four-story facility, at 105,000 square feet, will completely change the character of the site, eliminating vast amounts of open spaces.
This would be a 24/7 facility with three shifts of health care/custodial staff operating round the clock.
Here’s a bird’s eye view of the proposed changes.