Lloyd Planning Board Chairman Scott McCarthy recently commented on the proposed Assisted Living project, slated for Route 9W opposite the Bridgeview Plaza. It will fall under a Planned Residential Retirement District [PRRD] designation.
McCarthy spoke on the relocation of the building.
“It’s not right on Route 9W anymore. That was a big factor in my decision making from way in the beginning when I saw that ugly building right next to the bridge for a storage unit,” he said.
Marc Sanderson was the developer of the storage project and he is presently proposing the Assisted Living facility.
McCarthy pointed out that an initial proposal put the Assisted Living facility at four stories.
“It’s a two-story and you’ll never even notice the second half of the building from behind,” he said.
McCarthy pointed out that the number of homes that is expected to be built at a later date has dropped from 219 to 173, “but from what we looked at on a site map, that’s what we saw.” He said this phase is not presently before the Planning Board.
McCarthy touched upon the Commons At Highland, a two building mixed-use project that falls under the Highway Business District. It has been proposed near the intersection of Chapel Hill Rd and Route 9W. He said the total number of apartments in the upper floors has been reduced from 44 units down to 22, “if they proceed to move forward.”
McCarthy said any of the boards in town have to take into consideration the needs of all of the residents in town, “not just a small group that you want to appease; that’s my feeling as a person. You can’t just worry about Mayer Drive.” He pointed out that the revised applications from the Villages and the Commons At Highland show projects using smarter growth principles and reductions in their sizes. He said this is, “a positive thing for the people in that area that complained about it. You can’t give everybody 100% of everything they want, it doesn’t work [because] now you’re leaving all of the other people out.”
McCarthy said an Assisted Living or Affordable living units, “would be advantageous for elderly people while maintaining their existence in the town where their families live and that is a very good quality of life.”
One of the proposed code changes would allow the developer of the Villages to triple the number of homes, allowing him to build up to 150 units. McCarthy said, “I’m comfortable knowing that the Town Board, who wouldn’t want 150 homes up there, has the authority to reduce it down to 75. As long as the Town Board has the authority to make that change in reductions, I have no issue with it [density].”
McCarthy said he and Town Supervisor Fred Pizzuto have met with County Executive Pat Ryan to discuss the rising level of traffic on Route 9W due to issues on the Mid Hudson Bridge and in Dutchess County. He reiterated that the density in the two proposed projects in Lloyd have been reduced, which in turn will drop traffic levels accordingly.
“When you have smart growth come into town, you have rateables that are going to help with the cost for the taxpayers of the town,” he said.