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Yorktown Approves Fieldhome Expansion Plans

YORKTOWN, N.Y. — A new Continuing Care Retirement Community can be built and operated by the Fieldhome on Catherine Street after the Yorktown Planning Board unanimously approved the plans Monday night.

The project would include 101 one- and two-bedroom independent living units, a new nursing home with 96 beds and a relocated early learning center, which currently serves up to 30 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years. Once built, it would be only the third Continuing Care Retirement Community in Westchester County and the 12th in New York State.

The main Fieldhome-Holy Comforter building would be torn down after the new facility was built. A portion of the original Fieldhome that is now used for administrative offices would be restored.

The project still needs approval from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Also, the Town Board and Recreation Commission must determine the future of a 32-acre portion of the site that includes a soccer field. They must decide whether that land should be deeded to the town, have the Fieldhome deed future development rights to Yorktown or have a conservation easement placed on the land.

To meet regulations, the soccer field would have to be lengthened and widened. Part of the field also has drainage problems.

The Fieldhome celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2009.

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