SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Developers of Sleepy Hollow's River's Edge want to raise the height of the project by three feet in anticipation of revised flood maps from FEMA.
Developers are seeking an amendment to the project, which has already been approved by village officials, through the Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees. Officials discussed the changes during Tuesday's village board meeting.
“These [changes] are caused by outside agencies,” National RE/sources principal Lynne Ward said. “These are not changes we wish to make.”
The 60-unit, 60-foot-tall building will sit on the Hudson River between Horan's Landing Park in Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Harbor development in Tarrytown. Developers plan to provide an easement to the village for a public pier and an addition to the RiverWalk park. Progress has already been made on the former Castle Oil site. Crews took down two oil tanks earlier in 2012.
In addition to changing the height, developers say the revised flood maps will also narrow the RiverWalk park.
FEMA is looking to revise its flood maps after Hurricane Sandy flooded major portions of the waterfront area in the New York-New Jersey region. Buildings along the Hudson River in Sleepy Hollow and surrounding villages also saw significant flood damage.
FEMA hopes the new revisions “can serve as a guide to understanding current coastal flood hazard conditions and higher elevations that communities should build to in order to reduce impacts of future flood events.” The agency is recommending an additional three feet for the Sleepy Hollow waterfront.
Ward told village officials that it was “really not feasible” to take three feet off the existing plans because the changes would effect everything.
Village trustees questioned whether a public hearing needed to be scheduled for the changes, if it were to go forward. Trustees Barbara Carr and Susan McFarlane noted many residents had expressed concerns about the project's height when it originally went through the planning process, especially when it came to viewsheds.
A public hearing will be scheduled after developers talk with the building department, Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray said.
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