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Greenburgh Is About To Lose Some Greenery Due To New Home Construction

A small bulldozer was operating on the site of 11 new homes off Underhill Road in Greenburgh on Thursday.
A small bulldozer was operating on the site of 11 new homes off Underhill Road in Greenburgh on Thursday. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
"Limits of disturbance" fencing has been installed on the 10-acre development site.
"Limits of disturbance" fencing has been installed on the 10-acre development site. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
The new housing project is located across Underhill Road from Old Sprain Road, just east of Ardsley.
The new housing project is located across Underhill Road from Old Sprain Road, just east of Ardsley. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
A view of the wooded site as seen from Old Sprain Road.
A view of the wooded site as seen from Old Sprain Road. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said he's bracing for complaints from town residents when home construction crews begin removing 427 trees along Underhill Road near Old Sprain Road.

On Thursday, workers were cutting branches and had begun installing bright orange "limits of disturbance fencing" as well as erosion control measures at the 10-acre site, just east of the Village of Ardsley.

"When the trees come down, I expect lots of complaints,'' Feiner said.

Tree removal is tentatively planned for the week of Feb. 2, according to Feiner. The housing developer, Toll Brothers Inc., is required to plant 141 new trees and 196 new shrubs as part of the housing development.

Feiner said the project was approved by the Greenburgh Planning Board more than four years ago and did not require Town Board approval.

On Aug. 5, 2010, the Planning Board granted final subdivision approval, along with a Planning Board "steep slope permit" and a "tree removal permit" for a project involving the subdivision of the corner into 11 new single-family homes. The approved plans include a 640-foot-long cul-de-sac.

Feiner said that trees are not supposed to be removed until Greenburgh officials inspect the fencing and erosion control measures.

The approved plans are available for public review in the Greenburgh Department of Community Development and Conservation during normal business hours. Feiner offered to email residents copies of the landscaping plans that were approved in 2010.

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