Hearings Planned for JV Mall, Route 202 Rezoning

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The Yorktown Town Board will hold two separate public hearings on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall regarding proposed changes to the Jefferson Valley Mall and rezoning of a large parcel across Parkside Corners on Route 202.

The hearing on the mall will center on an amended site plan that calls for an extra 20,000 square feet added to the buildings near the entrances on both levels to accommodate three new restaurants and an outdoor plaza on the Lee Boulevard end.

In addition, 79 trees are proposed to be added to the parking lot. Supervisor Michael Grace suggested the applicants also consider sprucing up the entryway to the mall along Lee Boulevard from Route 6.

Councilman Nick Bianco said a facelift at the mall is long overdue to be able to attract more viable tenants.

“This is what I mean about appropriate things in appropriate places,” said Bianco, who is running for supervisor. “I support it 100%. They’re just putting some money to make it nicer. They’re going to do more landscaping on Route 6. I’m glad.”

Meanwhile, a second hearing will take place to address the request of State Land Corporation to rezone 50 acres on 202 from R-160 to either C-1 or C-3 to pave the way for commercial development on that side of the corridor.

Attorney Al Capellini said his client, Charles Monaco, would accept a rezoning to C-1 if it included provisions that would allow for outdoor storage such as at a garden center, like a Loews, which has been rumored as a possible tenant on the site.

Grace also inquired about rezoning the site to a CRC zone (regional shopping center), which would give the town board site plan approval over the project instead of the planning board.

With the mall already slated for a hearing, Bianco suggested the rezoning hearing be scheduled for November, but the majority of the board thought otherwise. It’s been about 18 months since State Land submitted a 200-page Environmental Assessment Form to the town for its plans.

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