Hiccoughs as Economic Development Projects Moved Forward in Yonkers By Hezi Aris
YONKERS, NY -- After three attempts, the Yonkers Community Development Agency (CDA) convened its board to approve the Final Generic Environmental Impact Study (fGEIS) regarding the Alexander Street Master Development Plan initiated in December 2007. True to form, the ire of some was raised by assertions that not all interested parties had been advised of the meeting in a timely fashion. Still, the plan, which encompasses 53 acres designed around a transit oriented site won an 8-0 unanimous acceptance vote which moves the project next to the Yonkers City Council and the Yonkers Planning Board for their respective oversight and decisions. The entire project, as completed by the CDA, will be found online by end of day October 31, 2008 asserted Commissioner of Department of Planning and Development Louis C. Kirven.
Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone having noted that there was some people not aware of the CDA meeting that was yesterday convened pointed out that notice of the meeting was delivered approximately two weeks ago.
The second hiccough of the day revolved about the approval by the Yonkers City Council of the Final Environmental Impact Study (FEIS) regarding the SFC Yonkers Inc. project. Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick advised that the City Council meeting planned for Thursday, October 30th would not come to order but that the planned Real Estate Committee would. The Real Estate Committee meeting scheduled for 6:00pm never came about. By 8:05 pm everything scheduled by the City Council for that night was called off.
Under the guidance of President Lesnick the City Council disbanded, appeased by having received hearsay evidence by Lesnick of verbal confirmation from consultant Lamont Blackstone attesting that he had seen email that confirmed that the Bank of Scotland (BoS) had extended the alleged $2.2 million penalty against SFC Yonkers, Inc. for missing the October 24, 2008 to November 5, 2008. SFC Yonkers Inc has heretofore not divulged the milestone (deadlines) set by its investor(s), inferred, if hearsay is to believed correct, that the Bank of Scotland is the investor. The Yonkers City Council is likely to schedule a meeting to give final approval to the SFC Yonkers, Inc. development project on Wednesday, November 5.
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