By Stephen E. Lipken
The 101 Wolfs Lane Development Public Hearing proved to be a source of recurring concern to many Village of Pelham citizens attending the Tuesday, June 12th Board of Trustees meeting at the Daronco Town House.
Attorney Seth Mandelbaum; McCullough, Goldberger and Staudt, White Plains representing MatriArch Development denoted the conversion of a vacant lot on 101 Wolfs Lane into 58 Transit Oriented Development (TOD) residential units, featuring a new 71-space parking garage, ground floor retail space and pedestrian arcade walkway from Wolfs Lane to Village Parking Lot 7.
“The Business District Floating Zone (BDFZ) allows for denser development in the Downtown Area,” Mandelbaum observed. Michael Tribe, Design Partner in Charge, Gisolfi Associates added that the target market is “empty nesters” and young professionals/millennials.
Tina Lund, Urbanomics, BFJ Planning stated that assessed market value of the property was $14,990,030; total tax value that will be achieved is estimated at $630,069; and taxes attributed to the Pelham School District are estimated at $394,434.
Many residents expressed concern that the project would create traffic problems on Sparks Avenue and have a negative impact on the school district. Manning Circle resident Todd Cross said that Sparks Avenue is the only access to their homes plus it is an entrance to Hutchinson Parkway; Hutchinson Parkway construction detour reroutes traffic down Sparks Avenue and Pelham emergency responders enter incidents on the Hutch from Sparks Avenue.
Earlier, Girl Scouts Sadie Ashlock, Sarafina Deighton and Julia Snarr reported that they were creating a Free Library outside of Woodland Park, consisting of a container, donated by Junior League of Pelham where citizens can take or leave books.
A Resolution was passed appointing Heather Eliezer; Kevin Healy; Richard Heller; Lisa Hill-Reis; Maryanne Joyce; Mark Rookwood and Thomas White to the Sustainability Advisory Committee, created by a March 27 Resolution.