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Proposed Yonkers Development Worries Greenburgh

Developers want to add retail space and apartments near the Greenburgh-Yonkers border.
Developers want to add retail space and apartments near the Greenburgh-Yonkers border. Photo Credit: Matt Bultman

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – A planned development near the Greenburgh-Yonkers border has Greenburgh officials worried about traffic concerns .

Officials say the area is already a problem. “I think right now access there is overloaded,” Greenburgh Town Council member Diana Juettner said.

Morris Industrial, a Rutherford, N.J.-based developer, wants to build an additional 225,000 square feet of retail and 400 residential units in Yonkers on undeveloped land at Austin Avenue near Costco and Stew Leonard's. Dick's Sporting Goods, Marshall's and Target are said to be the retail moving into the space.

Greenburgh officials are concerned the $115 million plan will impact traffic on Jackson Avenue and Route 9A because it sits near the Greenburgh-Yonkers border. The town met with developers Tuesday in a work session to discuss the project.

Greenburgh has unsuccessfully fought developments on the Greenburgh-Yonkers border, although a $5 million settlement with the Ridge Hill developers was agreed upon to help fund road safety improvements on Greenburgh roads.

The proposed project would include widening Sprain Road and Stew Leonard Drive, as well as adding a separate road for the residential units from Sprain Road. Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said he had heard concerns from residents living near Jackson Avenue that the project would increase traffic on that road.

“It would basically be 400 people using Jackson Avenue rather than Austin Avenue,” he said.

Yonkers residents have also expressed concerns about the project. Members of the Nepera Park-Grey Oaks Neighborhood Association fear the project will bring congestion, as well as rodents and flooding, to the area.

The Yonkers Planning Board will discuss the project Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.