Last week, Preserve Larchmont issued a statement saying the organization had reached an “agreement with the property owner at 40 Ocean Avenue that will save the historic house in Larchmont Manor known as ‘The Orchard.’”
Attorneys for the property owners have issued a response.
A statement to theLoop from the law firm of Hocherman, Tortorella and Wekstein LLP says, “No formal application for approval has yet been submitted to the Planning Board, and the fate of the agreement and 40 Ocean Properties’ (the developer’s) willingness to proceed with the subdivision hinge on whether the proposed project receives approval within a reasonable time frame.”
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“In an effort by 40 Ocean Properties, LLC, to address comments voiced during the Village of Larchmont Planning Board’s review of its proposal for the property at 40 Ocean Avenue,” the statement continues, “it prepared a conceptual subdivision plan and participated in protracted discussions with Preserve Larchmont. That plan, which serves as the basis for 40 Ocean Properties’ agreement with Preserve Larchmont, is a three-lot subdivision in which the existing home would be maintained and two additional houses would be built.
“Although the existing home is not “historic” under any regulations of the Village of Larchmont or those of any other governmental entity or regulatory authority, under the agreement 40 Ocean Properties would forego pursuing the maximum permitted density and seek approval for the three-lot layout.”
The fate of this proposed agreement therefore rests with the Larchmont Planning Board when a formal application is submitted to reduce the development plan to three lots.