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Armonk Residents Petition Against Car Club

ARMONK, N.Y. – A group of Armonk residents petitioned the town board at its Wednesday night meeting to stop the Car Club at Lakeview from proceeding with its development plans for a site on Byram Lake Road.

The petition, signed by 60 residents, directs the board to “vote against approving a special use permit for the Car Club at Lakeview in a residential zone.”

Armonk residents Ellen Salomon, Arthur DelSavio and Nick Cerrullo prepared the petition and spoke at the meeting.

“They’re requesting a special use permit for residential land,” Salomon said. “Why build a 19,000 square foot garage in a residential community? It’s not in the spirit or best interests of the community.”

She also said, “There’s also a huge environmental impact with gasoline leakage and heavy metal and spills. What about a fire? The local fire departments would have a hard time fighting a fire in this area.”

The petition also states excessive traffic will increase danger to area pedestrians, cyclers and the Byram Hills High School track team who all use Byram Lake Road.

Representatives of Vito Errico, an Armonk resident who owns the 60-acre property on Byram Lake Road, presented the plan at a town board work session on Feb. 3 after filing an application with the planning board in January.

North Castle Director of Planning Adam Kaufman said the planning board reviewed the application and sent back questions regarding the environmental impact and site plan issues. “Nothing has been decided,” Kaufman said.

If the planning board approves the plan, the town board will review the request for a special use permit that would allow the club to be built in a residential zone.

“The town board hasn’t taken a position so far,” said board member John Cronin. “We’ve had a number of meetings with the applicant and we’re all familiar with what he’s proposing including the changes he’ll make. We’re going to hold a public hearing so the neighbors can voice their concerns and thoughts about the project.”

Salomon said her group is just getting its opposition drive started. “It’s going to be bigger, more people will be angry,” she said. “We’re contacting lawyers and planning a meeting soon.”

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