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Irvington Closes Continuum Hearing Amid Concerns

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – A public hearing on the proposed Continuum assisted-living facility in Irvington has ended, but officials say residents still will have a chance to voice their concerns about the project when a draft final environmental impact statement is released.

Village Attorney Marianne Stecich noted the planning board will have public hearings on the final draft impact statement and it would not close the process and accept the final study before the public could comment on the draft.

Once the final study is accepted by the board, the project will go to the board of trustees to consider amending the zoning code.

Comments on the proposed facility will be open for the next two weeks.

The proposed 105,000-square-foot Continuum facility would be on about four acres at 30 S. Broadway, south of Main Street and across from the intersection of Broadway and Harriman Road.

The facility would include 81 assisted-living units, 40 memory-care units, a fitness center, a beauty salon, parking, walking paths and dining facilities. The proposal also includes actions to revise Irvington's zoning code to allow the facility within the village's multifamily zoning district. Before construction can begin, developers will need to get approval from the planning board, the architectural review board and the board of trustees.

Some Irvington residents continued to voice their opposition to the project during Wednesday's meeting.

Irvington Planning Board Chair Bill Hoffman summarized several letters the board received from residents on the proposed project, including Janet Silberman, who said she “doesn't feel the project will benefit Irvington residents.”

Hoffman noted others had cited the size and scope of the project as “too much” and more commercial in use than residential.

Cindy Kief noted the new project would bring in an additional 168 voters “who are likely to vote against the school budget.” Kief added this could decrease the quality of education in Irvington, and therefore drive down property values throughout the village.

Sara Kelsey encouraged planning board members to keep the existing 50-foot buffer around the Old Croton Aqueduct trail so the proposed building would not intrude upon it. Kelsey is a board member of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct.

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