GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Despite the efforts of Greenburgh civic associations and residents, the lease with Game On 365 passed with an overwhelming majority in its Nov. 6 referendum, making this one of the top stories of 2012 in Greenburgh.
Many residents spoke out against construction of a sports dome on Dobbs Ferry Road — some said its size would stick out like a sore thumb in their quiet neighborhood and others said there were environmental law violations in the lease.
The referendum passed in a 65-35 vote because most voters were uninformed of the issues that the Westchester Field House would raise, Edgemont Community Council Director Bob Bernstein said.
Some voters didn't even realize another referendum was on the other side of their ballot.
Woodard and Curran, an environmental service hired to examine the site, found evidence of carcinogens on the old Frank's Nursery property.
To complicate the building process even further, the civic associations and residents that opposed construction of the complex filed a lawsuit against the Town Board and developers Game On 365.
The town considered selling, not leasing, the property Dec. 19 to avoid a long legal process and court fees.