GREENBURGH, N.Y. – A group of Tarrytown developers were in Greenburgh this week, looking to set the record straight about a proposed sports facility.
Representatives from Game On 365 hosted an informal question and answer session with residents at the town hall Tuesday, hoping to assuage concerns about their plans for a clubhouse and indoor soccer field facility at 715 Dobbs Ferry Road.
Questions about the complex were raised after anonymous letters critical of the proposal began circulating the town over the past couple weeks.
“The main point is that we got the facts out,” Game On Managing Partner Vito Galasso said Wednesday. “We’re not trying to change anyone’s mind. We’re just trying to get correct information out.”
Game On’s plan for a Westchester Field House has become the town’s preferred option to occupy the abandoned lot. The nearly seven-acre area was left vacant after Frank’s Nursery went bankrupt and the town foreclosed on the property last year.
Game On's proposal includes an outdoor soccer field and 15,000-square-foot clubhouse attached to a 94,000 square foot dome housing four turf playing fields and two hard court surfaces.
Galasso said the facility would be a fit for Westchester because there is a shortage of year-round playing fields space throughout the county.
“Come winter, kids playing soccer and lacrosse can’t find field space,” Galasso said.
But in the past couple of weeks anonymous letters raised concerns about a lack of parking at the lot and the effect the facility would have on traffic in the area.
Both Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner and Galasso said the letters contained a number of inaccuracies. Galasso suggested it may be a competitor who sent out the information.
“People had their own agenda who are involved for competitive reasons,” Galasso said.
In the meantime, the town and Game On continue to work through negotiations of a 15-year lease. Galasso said any agreement with the town would be contingent on an environmental review and traffic study.
A timeline for the proposed deal is still unknown, but Feiner has said residents will have ample time to review the deal before anything is agreed upon.