TUCKAHOE, N.Y. Tuckahoe developers Glen Vetromile and Phil Raffiani expect to break ground this spring thanks to site plan approval that was granted just before the holidays.
"We are very pleased with the outcome after a very long and rigorous review," Vetromile said Wednesday.
The Tuckahoe Planning Board granted approval for 123 one and two-bedroom apartments that will be divided between three buildings, which will be located on three vacant and overgrown lots at the corner of Main Street and Midland Place. There will also be 3,500 square feet of retail space in the project.
The final project is vastly different from one approved by village planners in 2008 that called for 81 condominium units. But soon after, Raffiani the sole owner of the property at the time won approval, the economy stalled and the project never got off the ground.
Last year, Raffiani paired up with Vetromile and the pair came up with an apartment complex and filed for an amended site plan approval through the planning board.
That plan sparked division in the community when some residents and members of the Tuckahoe Board of Education feared the larger project would have the potential to overcrowd the Tuckahoe School District.
But after months of hearings, which also included input from town firefighters, with some officials saying that the change would have little, if any, impact on the quality of life in the village, planners began to indicate they would be in favor of the project.
It was after Vetromile and Raffiani offered to improve the park across from their property that the project took a step closer to final approval.
Vetromile, who lives in Tuckahoe, said he and Raffiani have allocated $150,000 towards making improvements to the park.
"We started with a plan to install wrought iron fencing, a stone wall and plantings at the perimeter of the park," Ventromile said. "Now we hear that the rubber on the floor inside the playground is in disrepair and we are going to see what we can do about that too."
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