By Audeen Moore
Maybrook is getting ready to adopt a negative declaration of impact on developer Galaxy Limited’s Environmental Assessment Form (EAS) for property it wants to develop for warehouse use along former railroad tracks in the village and the Town of Montgomery.
At a recent meeting, the Maybrook Village Board accepted Galaxy’s responses to questions raised at a meeting last month. Those questions centered around traffic impact and property grading for the two parcels; one near Henry Henning Drive in the town and the other near Main Street in the village. The village attorney is now preparing the negative declaration for later village board adoption.
“They addressed a lot of our questions and concerns,” said Mayor Dennis Leahy.
Once the negative declaration is formally adopted, next step for the development will be addressing Galaxy’s annexation request for that part of the property that is in the town. A joint hearing by the Town of Montgomery Town Board and the village board will be held at a yet-to-be-determined date.
In other development business, the village board briefly reviewed three development maps for property Lottie Rumpf owns to the west of Homestead Avenue off Heart Avenue, running up to the David Weiss Memorial Park in the Country Club Heights section of the village.
Rumpf attorney John Cappello of Jacobowitz and Gubits submitted one map, showing how the 3 single-family residential lots can be created on the property by developing parcels under current village and town zoning. An alternative map displayed the 63 lots clustered on the property to leave portions of the property open and preserved.
Each plan includes a single road connection between Heart Avenue and a dead-end to the north at the David Weiss Memorial Park. Mayor Leahy said the applicant would be required to complete approximately 700 linear feet of road to connect to Greening Place in Country Club Heights.
Rumpf has tried for years to develop her property, proposing at various times, apartments, condominiums and even offering to donate part of the property to the Valley Central School District to build a new Maybrook Elementary School. This is the first time the village board has looked with some favor on her plans.
“Single-family homes are definitely a step in the right direction,” Leahy said, “compared to past proposals by the applicant. It’s a beginning. However, there are many questions and concerns that will need to be addressed.”
The village board also renewed its annual lease agreement with the Church of the Assumption. The village Dept. of Public Works regularly plows the church’s parking and driveway areas in return for a fee, this year, of $750, an increase of $250 from last year.