FOCAAdmin  Apr.07.2019

Update on 49 Spring St., Ossining, New Building Proposal

See the original post here.

Thank you to all who have written to the Ossining Zoning Board of Appeals supporting enforcement of the required buffer between the Aqueduct property and the 4-story building proposed for 49 Spring St.

(The April hearing has been cancelled)

The next hearing is May 14, 7 pm, at the Ossining Operations Center on Rte. 9A. Please continue writing, attend the hearing (this project is first on the agenda), and consider saying a few words asking the Board to require a substantial buffer between the back wall of any new building at 49 Spring St. and the Aqueduct. Much more is needed than the 8-foot setback the developer now proposes, which would be little more than an alley.

At the March hearing, the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct pointed out:

--that the developer knew of the required 25-foot setback from the Aqueduct when he purchased the property, taking a chance on being granted a variance;
--that the Aqueduct buffer requirement is based on the Village’s 2009 Comprehensive Plan, which itself is based on input from Village residents;
--that the economic value of the Aqueduct to the Village was recognized by New York State when it chose Ossining as a State Heritage Area, leading to the permanent Aqueduct exhibit in the Community Center. Pay a visit!

Help us preserve the openness of this green stretch of the Aqueduct in downtown Ossining! Information on writing to the Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals is given below.

To write to the Zoning Board of Appeals:
Susanne Donnelly, Chairperson
Zoning Board of Appeals/Planning
Ossining Operations Center
101 Route 9A
Ossining, NY 10562


Links of interest: 
---Minutes of Oct. 2019 ZBA meeting when the Friends testified
---General information about the Zoning Board of Appeals:

To reach the Friends on this issue: