Larchmont Sets Meeting, Vote On Extension Of Building Moratorium

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- The Larchmont Village Board plans to hold a public hearing on July 6 on its proposal to extend a ban on residential development, according to a report by

Larchmont preservationists are fighting to keep The Orchard, a beloved stone house on Ocean Avenue, from being torn down and replaced with four new homes. The village has set a public hearing on a proposal to extend its building moratorium. Photo Credit: Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate/YouTube

The moratorium was enacted in January in response to community preservationists’ outrage over a developer’s reported plans to demolish a 6,300-square-foot home on Ocean Avenue known as The Orchard and subdivide the lot.

Sitting on a hill overlooking the Long Island Sound, the 1896 home with a rustic stone foundation once belonged to financier George E. Ide.

It was designed by Frank A. Moore, the same architect who died Larchmont’s library and Village Hall.

According to the report, KOSL Building Group, which bought the property for close to $5 million in December, wants to erect four homes on the site.

According to past media reports, KOSL has challenged the legality of the ban in state Supreme Court.

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