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Yorktown Town Board Approves Grant Application For Depot Square

Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace
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YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Development was among the major points of discussion at the Sept. 27 Yorktown Board Work Session.

A $500K Restore New York grant application was approved by the board 5-0 toward a $2 million mixed use project for Depot Square on the corner of Underhill Avenue and Front Street.

Funds would go toward demolishing the existing highway garage so that the property could be declared “surplus” and then repurposed for other uses that would rehabilitate the downtown.

Citizens for an Informed Yorktown accused the town of not being transparent when scheduling the grant's vote on short notice when the Letter of Intent was filed in July.

The relocation of the town's garage and redevelopment of the site has been ongoing since 2013.

Related: Yorktown Citizens Propose Depot Square Development

Development on Front Street is still being debated as owner George Roberta came in with a proposal of one large building replacing the original concept of two smaller structures.

Roberta purchased four lots near the car wash earlier this year and has been working with the town to rezone the parcels from residential to mixed use or commercial.

Roberta is also developing the Lake Osceola Beach property , a mixed use proposal that includes apartments.

A public hearing is scheduled Nov. 1 for the rezoning of Hilltop Service Station (Mohegan Auto & Tire), on East Main Street.

A proposal is being considered to rezone the two parcels for a transitional use that will permit the sale of used cars. Shrubs and fencing along Route 6 would partially hide the cars, according to Joe Riina of Site Design Consultants.

Andrew Stuart of High Point Engineering, representing the Getty Station at 3700 Barger St. , was denied its request to replace the existing underground gas tanks, add updated equipment and install new signage. The board said it wants the site cleaned up, and that a special permit for gas station use is required.

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