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Parking Updated For Hidden Meadow Proposal In Somers

Richard Williams, an engineer representing the Hidden Meadow proposal developer, spoke at the Somers Planning Board's meeting on Aug. 13. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A photo taken of the site plan for the Hidden Meadow proposal in Somers, which was discussed at a recent Somers Planning Board meeting. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
The Somers Planning Board listened to the latest details of the proposal for Hidden Meadow. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

SOMERS, N.Y. -- A project engineer working on the Hidden Meadow townhouse proposal in Somers told the town’s Planning Board about the addition of five parking spaces, which would be for a school bus drop off area near Route 6.

At the Planning Board's Aug. 13 meeting, engineer Richard Williams noted that the board requested more parking for the drop-off area.

Additionally, Williams discussed details about refuse and recycling collection. The proposal has 14 collectors, or one per four units. Williams mentioned that pick-up would be biweekly, with half a garage can available per two units and one recycling bin per four units. However, Williams agreed to consider an alternative arrangement, with one garbage can for each unit and three-quarters of a recycling bin per unit, after getting feedback.

Board members John Keane and Eugene Goldenberg, who are condo residents, discussed their container anecdotes, with the former more favorable to plastic material and the latter supportive of using wood. Keane, whose wife is on a condo board, recalled the problems with capacity and recyclables.

“She can tell you first hand,” he said.

Williams also told the board that a biodiversity study has been completed.

Developer Ken Kearney’s company, The Kearney Realty & Development Group, is seeking from the Planning Board site plan approval preliminary subdivision approval and a series of environmental permit, according to the board’s agenda. It also has an application, which is before the Town Board, to add an overlay zone to the 16.7-acre site, which is called the Multifamily Residence Baldwin Place District, or MFR-BP, according to the records, with a master plan change is also being sought.

The proposal has a total of 53 units in 45 town home buildings, with 16 of them being affordable, according to a description from the town. Speaking after the application was discussed by the Planning Board, Kearney explained that eight units, which would be affordable, include 1-bedroom apartments for rent.

The Planning Board is the lead agency for the environmental review, according to Kearney.

The next step is the submission of a stormwater pollution prevention plan, it was noted.

Meanwhile, the Town Board has two public hearings pertaining to the application scheduled for Sept. 11.

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