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23
January
Dan Richmond and Lee Lefkowitz obtained the unanimous denial of an appeal by the Village of Monroe Planning Board to the Village of Monroe Zoning Board of Appeals, which sought to challenge certain aspects of the implementation of a 34-unit multifamily project. The appeal, which was in unusual fashion brought by another of the Village’s...
23
January
Dan Richmond, Lee Lefkowitz, and Kasey Brenner obtained the dismissal of challenges under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) to the Town of Ramapo Planning Board’s site plan and subdivision approvals for the 224-unit Pascack Ridge Project.  In a Decision and Order, dated January 17, 2023, the Honorable Paul Marx adopted Z&S’s argument that...
5
January
Z&S Partners David Steinmetz and Jody Cross, together with Yankwitt LLP, co-authored an article that was recently published in the New York Law Journal, entitled “Specific Performance’s ‘Land is Unique’ Mantra: A Cornerstone of Real Property Law or Outdated Precedent?” The article examines the continued relevancy of specific performance as a remedy for breach of...

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On November 28th, David Cooper and Brian Sinsabaugh, along with a consultant team of DTS Provident, Bowman Engineering and Lessard Architects, secured unanimous Site Plan Approval from the Port Chester Planning Commission in connection with a proposal to redevelop a 15-story apartment building. The development site includes eight adjoining lots along Broad and North Pearl Streets in the Village’s downtown core. The Applicant assembled the lots with the intent of building a premier high-rise transit-oriented development, taking advantage of the Metro-North train station across the street. After a multi-faceted entitlement process, which required review by all of the Village’s land use and legislative boards, the Applicant secured final approvals in November 2022. The approved plan includes 10,370 s.f. of ground floor commercial space, 336 residential units, residential amenity areas on the ground floor and roof, and 322 off-street parking spaces within three levels of structured parking.

 

Prior to obtaining Site Plan approval from the Planning Commission, Z&S secured zoning text and map amendments from the Village Board in 2021. The zoning text amendment created a new CD-6T district in the Village, increasing the maximum height in a small area near the train station from 12 to 15 stories. The zoning map amendment placed the project site, as well as several other adjacent properties, within the new CD-6T District. This process included working with the Village Board and its consultants to issue SEQRA findings supplementing a 2020 Findings Statement adopted in connection with the Village’s new form based code. Numerous technical assessments were required to support the supplemental findings and zoning amendments, including visual impact studies, traffic and parking studies, fiscal impact reports and conceptual site plans. The Village Board completed SEQRA and adopted the zoning amendments in the height of the Pandemic, making the process even more challenging.

 

Upon the rezoning, the Applicant’s Team pursued entitlements for the mixed-use project, starting in early 2022. Along with Site Plan Approval, the Team secured a SEQRA negative declaration from the Planning Commission after several months studying water supply, sewer capacity, parking availability and various floor plans. The Team also secured three variances from the Village Zoning Board in order to accommodate safety and vehicular accessibility upgrades. This included allowing multiple curb cuts, a wider driveway to accommodate a separate loading area, and driveway security gates at the street level.

 

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