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North Castle Town Board Hears Seminary Plans

ARMONK, N.Y. – After hearing a brief overview of plans to construct a North American headquarters for the St. Nersess Armenian seminary at 486 Bedford Road in Armonk at its meeting Wednesday night, the North Castle Town Board scheduled a public hearing for April 25 to consider the project in detail.

The seminary, which would be constructed on property owned by Congregation B-nai Yisrael, located across the street at the intersection of Banksville Road, will be a site for the training of priests. An 8,400 square foot theological center is planned to accompany a series of existing buildings that will be modified and utilized as houses and dormitories for faculty and students.

Adam Kaufman, North Castle Director of Planning, said the board has recommended that the town board grant a special use permit to the seminary. Kaufman suggested that the plan be approved with a cap on the intensity of use of the facility.

Seth Mandelbaum, a White Plains attorney who represents the seminary, said the facility would never be used to hold church services, funerals or other events. It is exclusively to be used for educational purposes by students.

The seminary will prepare priests for the Armenian Orthodox church, a Christian denomination with 500,000 members in the United States, and a church on North Street in White Plains.

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