The Northern Westchester Examiner

Approval Expected for New Shopping Center in Cortlandt

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Another new shopping center will soon be popping up in the Mohegan Lake section of Cortlandt.

The Cortlandt Planning Board is expected tonight (Tuesday) to grant final site plan approval, along with required wetlands, tree removal and steep slope permits, for Cortlandt Crossing, to be located directly across Route 6 from Walmart and the Cortlandt Town Center.

Acadia Realty, owners of the Cortlandt Town Center, also own the 36-acre property where Cortlandt Crossing will sit. The development will include a 130,000-square-foot main structure, along with a 13,500-square-foot retailer, an 8,420-square-foot restaurant and a 3,500-square-foot bank. It hasn’t been announced yet what stores will occupy the main structure. In addition, 619 parking spaces are planned.

Cortlandt Deputy Planning Director Chris Kehoe said construction will likely begin in the fall and is anticipated to be completed in early 2018. David Steinmetz, attorney for Acadia, did not return a phone message.

The Town Board was the lead agency for the project and in mid-March unanimously voted to rezone seven residential acres. Overall, 15 acres are now designated as commercial, while the remaining 21 acres will be preserved as open space.

At the same time, the Town Board approved the transfer of ownership of approximately 8,000 square feet of land to the New York State Department of Transportation for a planned widening and reconfiguration of the intersection of Route 6 and Baker Street. The DOT reportedly has agreed to adding a traffic signal, but final details are still being worked out. The board also okayed the creation of a new sewer district in the area.

Acadia still needs permits from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Army Corps of Engineers and to post required bonds with the town.

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