Underhill Farm (fka Soundview School)
Location: Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Proposed mixed-use development of commercial and residential uses on 13.8 acres in the R1-40 zone.
The applicant walked the board through the conceptual plan, which he called a “visionary concept” for the town and one which would tie into the Comprehensive Plan and work seamlessly what that already exists in the neighborhood. He said the presentation was the start of a process and that there was a long way to go.
The 13.8 acre site is currently zoned for one acre development; the plan, which is based on an underlying R-3, multi-family zone, includes 50 town house units in 11 separate buildings, 30 cono units in a single building, 85 rental apartments and 12,500 sf of retail space in the apartment building and converting the existing main building on the site for some type of historic use in a private/public partnership. The plan calls also calls for a clubhouse and pool, underground parking in the condo and apartment building, a walking trail around the existing pond and access to the proposed senior center on the abutting Beaveridge site.
Steve Marino, the applicant’s environmental planner, explained that 800-900 trees would need to be cleared but noted that some of the tree species were “less desirable” and dated back to the mid 1960’s. He also explained a plan to create a swamp/marsh area to the west of the existing pond.
The plan also includes a plaza area at the corner of Route 118 and Underhill Avenue where the existing gate is. The stone wall would be retained.
The applicant, Unicorn Contracting, the developer of the Caremount Building on Route 118, said that the project would generate over $1 million in tax revenue.
Mr. Kincart, noting that traffic already backs up on Underhill Avenue, said a traffic analysis would be needed.