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Public Meeting - 3/4/19 @ 7:30PM - RPW Development at 1133 Westchester Avenue

posted Feb 28, 2019, 3:47 PM by North St WP

Dear Neighbors,

We would like you to be aware of, learn about and potentially comment on a proposed development near our North Street Area community. The Common Council is considering an application by the planned joint venture owner of a 20-acre parcel to be subdivided from the existing property located at 1133 Westchester Avenue to construct three five-story apartment buildings containing 303 units on that parcel. There is some confusion as to whether this use is consistent with existing zoning.  The property is within the C-O (Campus–Office) zone, which currently prohibits multi-family housing. However, in 2012, the Common Council passed a zoning ordinance that established a Planned Campus Development overlay district and allowed the Common Council to map on a site-by-site basis a master-planned mixed-use development overlay district on sites in the C-O zone having a minimum combined “lot area” of 10 acres. The applicant has requested a zoning map amendment to map this PCD overlay district on the site located at 1133 Westchester Avenue, as well as site plan approval for the project, submitting that the proposed project complies with the requirements of the PCD overlay district.

A Public Hearing has been scheduled for 7:30 PM this coming Monday, March 4, 2019 in the Common Council’s chambers at 255 Main Street, with respect to both the zoning map change and the site plan approval. We encourage North Street area residents to attend and learn about the project and ask questions and comment as appropriate. We understand that there will be opportunities for community members to speak at the public hearing and to submit written questions and comments before and after the meeting (and we plan to inform you when we have more details).

We very much appreciate that this developer (specifically, Robert Weisz and Andrew Weisz of RPW and Jonathan Gertman of NRP) has been forthcoming in sharing information with us and other members of the community.  In fact, representatives of the developer met this week with certain representatives of neighborhood associations, including ours, and have agreed to present at the next meeting of the White Plains Council of Neighborhood Associations (WPCNA) to be held at 7:30 PM on March 12, 2019 at Education House, 5 Homeside Lane. We recommend that North Street area residents attend what we hope will be a less formal opportunity to hear from and ask questions of the developer.

If you would like to learn more about the proposed project in advance of these meetings:

Plans and other documents can now be found on the City’s website athttps://www.cityofwhiteplains.com/863/The-Flats-at-Westchester.

Very truly yours,

North Street Area Civic Association

Alan G. Himmelstein, President

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