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Condo Development Creates Buzz in North Castle

ARMONK, N.Y.- The Brynwood Golf & Country Club on Route 22 has requested a zoning variance that would allow it to build 243 condominiums on 14-acres of that property.

The current zoning requirements allow for one condo to be built on two-acres of property and the variance would potentially allow for one condo on 0.6 acres.

Long-time Armonk resident Ralph Capasso said he’s not against the building of new units in the area but if there are too many built, that could cause problems.

“Naturally the development is going to make things more crowded,” Capasso said. “To what point is it going to get ridiculous? I have no idea. I’m sure a survey is going to be underway and maybe that will be able to determine whether or not it’s practical to do that.”

Stuart Kovensky, a board member for the group Responsible Development in North Castle, said allowing the country club to build such a site would be irresponsible development that would create major consequences for the town.

“It’s not just congestion and overpopulation, those are certainly concerns, but it’s also the damaging affect it can have on our schools, on the taxes that we will have to pay, and our property values,” Kovensky said. “

Kovensky said building such a place during these rough economic times would be a mistake that would burden tax payers.

Based on a study his group has done, Kovensky said development would be a bad thing for the tax payers in the town and it doesn’t reduce that tax burden on existing residents, but instead increases it.

“Why, at a time where the economy is so slow, where public finances are so fragile, would the town consider undertaking a project similar in scope to all the local development in the last 10 years combined,” Kovensky said.

According to Kovensky, the North Castle Town Board said they are now against the project at its current size.

“We don’t know what size they [Brynwood] would cut it to and what size the Town Board is entertaining,” Kovensky said. “That’s why it’s important to us to organize residents of North Castle to have a voice in that discussion about what they think the right number is.”

There were no Town Hall representatives available for comment.

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