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Ten Homes Proposed for Upper Hook Road Site

Bedford planners heard a presentation Monday night for a proposed residential development near the Cross River Reservoir.

The Bedford planning board this week heard a proposal for a 10-lot subdivision of about 98 acres of land located on the south side of Upper Hook Road in Bedford.

The development, at 131 Upper Hook Road, was described as a "conventional subdivision," with ten lots ranging in size from four-and-a-half acres to just over 20 acres.

The lots were designed to conform with the area's four-acre zoning requirements according to information presented by David Sessions, a principal at Kellard Sessions Consulting, the Armonk-based architecture and engineering firm representing the property owner, America Capital Energy Corporation.

Access to the neighborhood would be via a 1,450 foot road to be located off Upper Hook Road, with three lots having private driveways and the remaining seven lots sharing common drives.

"It was an initial presentation," said Planning Board Chairman Donald Coe in a phone call after the meeting. "They still have a lot of work to do."

In discussing the proposal with Sessions, the planning board presented a number of questions and concerns, Coe said. For example, they asked for attention to the town's rules on tree cutting and for researching whether the Bedford Riding Lanes Trails that traverse a portion of the property are used. In addition, they asked Sessions to contact the town's historian for any potential preservation concerns.

The planning board also informed Sessions about the town ordinance requiring developers of sites with five or more residential units to set aside at least 10 percent of them as affordable housing. If the units are in a single-family residential subdivision, the developer can pay a fee in lieu of building the affordable housing.

The land includes two parcels—sized at 61.8 and 36.8 acres, respectively—and is owned by America Capital Energy Corporation. In a letter to Supervisor Lee Roberts, the company said it seeks an amendment to the deed restriction on the smaller parcel to allow the construction of four homes instead of the two currently permitted.

Coe said that request did not arise during Monday night's meeting.

The planning board scheduled a site walk of the property for Oct. 19.

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Katonah Firehouse

The planning board also considered a request to construct a temporary structure to house the Katonah Fire Department's fire apparatus during the $2.5 million renovations taking place at the fire house.

The board approved the request on the condition that the exterior lighting be minimized and the structure would be removed from the property by June, 2013.

10506er September 27, 2012 at 08:28 PM
What the heck is a solar company doing (a) owning 98 acres in Bedford and (b) developing it? Googling American Capital Energy, their home pages says this: American Capital Energy (ACE) is the premiere solar engineering, procurement and construction contractor and solar developer in the United States. The company has installed more than 40 MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar in seven states, including some of the largest rooftop installations and most challenging brownfield installations in the country. I don't like this at all.
Dan September 28, 2012 at 04:25 PM
With the Town proclaiming "Open Space", here's a perfect example, this company buys the land around 2003 (I'm not sure on the price) but the land has a deed restriction for only two homes. Now they want the restriction removed to build 10 to 12 "Luxury Homes". Meanwhile the Town Board and Supervisor keep asking the taxpayer to pay for more "Open Space", lets see what they do. I'm sure the Town will love taxing 10 to 12 Luxury Homes on this area near the NYC watershed reservoir, as for the few common folk left here in the area....guess what? Our taxes will be going up again.
Lisa Buchman (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Hi Dan, thanks for your comment. For clarification, it is the only the smaller parcel that has the restriction. Regarding the watershed location, regulated by the DEP, Sessions indicated in his letter that prior to developing the plans, on-site soil testing was done to determine the work was within septic and stormwater regulations. We'll report back after their site walk and next meeting.

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