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Top Stories 2012: Town Error Brings Issues To Edgemont

Edgemont residents filed a lawsuit in May after courts ruled that multi-family housing could be constructed by the Greenburgh Nature Center based on a town code error.
Edgemont residents filed a lawsuit in May after courts ruled that multi-family housing could be constructed by the Greenburgh Nature Center based on a town code error. Photo Credit: File/Matt Bultman

EDGEMONT, N.Y. — As 2012 draws to an end, The Greenburgh Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top stories of the year .

When a state Supreme Court in January found an error in the Greenburgh Town Code that let a developer build housing in Edgemont , the result was one big mess.

A mistake made in 1998 paved the way for the possibility of increased enrollment in the Edgemont School District and an effect of the ecosystem at the Greenburgh Nature Center. The land on Dromore Road had originally been zoned for single-family housing until a town employee's error changed the designation on the town map. The error was not corrected by the time the housing complex was purchased in 2006.

Now, a multi-family housing complex with 41 units could be built on the 2.26 acres of land next to the nature center.

Edgemont residents filed a lawsuit of their own in May to prevent S&R Development from building the three-story complex. S&R representatives have already met with the Greenburgh Planning Board to discuss their plans for the lot, which would be constructed between the nature center and recreational fields of the Edgemont Junior/Senior High School.

Lawsuit petitioners claim S&R knew the property was zoned for single-family residences when it inquired about the property in 2004 and that they'd be able to gain a large profit by buying it.

Bob Bernstein, the attorney representing citizens in the Edgemont lawsuit, said residents are furious that they have to dip into their own pockets to prevent the housing complex from being built.

Both Edgemont and Greenburgh claims have been dismissed, and Bernstein said both are waiting to be addressed before an appellate court in the near future.

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