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Bronxville OKs Home Variances, Continues Hospital Talks

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Three Bronxville residents were granted variances Tuesday night for construction at their homes, and the Bronxville Zoning Board of Appeals looked to forward concerns about a proposed expansion of Lawrence Hospital to the planning board.

The home projects approved by the board allowed for shorter setbacks than code requires: David Orth of 4 Edgehill Close, for a covered porch that would leave 23 feet instead of 25 feet of front yard; the McSherrys of 5 The Byway, to add on a sunroom gable roof that would leave 13.3 feet of side yard instead of 15 feet and to modify its appearance; and Kevin Brown of 1 Morningside Circle, to complete an addition that would leave 21.5 feet of front yard instead of 25 feet.

Board members also heard more concerns from residents on the multiple variances requested by Lawrence Hospital as part of its effort to expand its cancer center. Bronxville Zoning Board Chairman William Fredericks focused on additional studies on noise, storm-water management and other environmental impacts, in order to better communicate zoning board members’ concerns on the project to the planning board.

Helen Levitz of Alger Court reiterated her concerns, submitted earlier in writing to the board, on the level of noise from the hospital, street noise and storm-water drainage.

“This is beyond what has already been looked at,” Levitz said.

Jill Potter said she was concerned for her 88-year-old mother, who lives near the hospital.

"Common sense would say that [the expansion] would have a huge environmental impact on Bronxville, especially on the west side of Bronxville, and on Alger Court," Potter said. “Bronxville village is a quaint, little village. For what are we doing this? For a hospital that is ranked the seventh worst?”

All of the concerns raised have been previously addressed with the zoning board or in presentations to the planning board, hospital officials said.

“We are not hearing anything new today,” said Katherine Zalantis of law firm Silverbeg Zalantis LLP and who represents the hospital. “In essence, all of this has been raised before.”

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