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Edgemont Group Creates Dromore Legal Defense Fund

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – The Edgemont Community Council (ECC) has set up a legal defense fund to ensure Greenburgh's appeal of a court ruling allowing the construction of a multifamily complex on Dromore Road is "vigorously pursued."

On Jan. 10, state Supreme Court Judge Gerald Loehr reversed a decision by the Greenburgh Zoning Board of Appeals that a 2.3-acre property on Dromore Road, between the Greenburgh Nature Center and recreational fields at Edgemont Junior Senior High School, could be developed with multifamily dwellings.

At the center of the legal battle was the fact that even though the property is in the R-20 Single Family Residential District, Greenburgh's zoning map, drafted in 1998, had mistakenly designated the property as Multi-Family District, which Loehr ruled was legally enforceable, paving the way for a housing plan with at least 82 bedrooms.

The ECC, which believes the development will negatively impact the area, is not confident that the town will adequately defend the interests of residents, thus it would like to be financially prepared to intervene.

Although there are some lawyers in Edgemont that have offered to provide free services, the ECC needs to raise about $10,000 for printing and filing expenses if the court permits them to intervene in the case.

Only residents who live in close proximity to the property can be part of the process. Anyone who would like to make a contribution should make a check payable to the ECC and mail it to P.O. Box 1161, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

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