YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The developer of a 100-acre site on Route 202 across from McDonald's has submitted a plan to the Yorktown Town Board for more than 210,000 square feet of retail space.
The centerpiece of State Land Corporation's proposal is a 140,000-square-foot big box store. Alongside it are five separate stores, ranging in size from 20,000 to 10,000 square feet. In the rear of the mountain-like property is 52 acres that would be dedicated to Yorktown as open space.
"This is an extremely sensitive piece of property and extremely difficult to build on," said Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco. "For the last 25 years the developer has come in with lousy plans. At least he's come up with something that might work. If you had a choice of open heart surgery or a manicure, I think you would pick the manicure."
Before State Land can move forward with its plans, it needs to have the property rezoned from R-160 (four acre residential) to C-3 (commercial). On Tuesday night, the town board authorized the rezoning request be referred to several state, county and municipal agencies for recommendations, with a return date of May 7.
Yorktown is seeking input from numerous agencies including, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Transportation,New York City Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Corps of Army Engineers, Westchester County Planning Department and Planning Board, Town of Cortlandt, and Yorktown Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, several town entities, including the Open Space Committee, Planning Board and Recreation Commission, will have a chance to weigh in.
"This is just the first step in a good direction," Councilman Vishnu Patel said. "Let's hope for the best."