Larchmont Mayor Issues Statement on Centro Development

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Proposed development from Wendt Avenue, Larchmont

A second public hearing on the proposed Centro Development in Larchmont is scheduled for this evening, Monday, October 21 at 7:30pm.

This meeting will be held at the Village Center (behind the library) at 119 Larchmont Ave.

Several days ago, Larchmont Mayor Lorraine Walsh released the statement below.

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Statement from the Mayor:

I believe the economic health of our downtown is the most critical issue our Village faces, and it has been my number one priority since becoming Mayor.

Over the last three years our retail vacancy rate has dropped from 12% to 6%, we have a committed owner who is renovating our movie theatre into an exciting art-house cinema, we completed a comprehensive parking study, we completed the Palmer Avenue Streetscape and made several other aesthetic improvements. While these are important achievements, we are not yet where we want or need to be.

The complex issues affecting our downtown revitalization require a multi-faceted solution. One such approach would be to judiciously upgrade and enhance mixed residential-retail use in our Village center as similar Westchester communities, like Bronxville and Pelham, are doing.

On April 15, Gary Hirsch of Elk Homes LLC presented a proposal for the development of Centro Larchmont on his Chatsworth Avenue property, which includes the long-vacant Food Horizon and florist shops.

The Centro property is a vital one for our Villageโ€™s commercial district, since it is situated at the main entrance to Larchmont. I believe this proposal presents the Village with an opportunity to take an eyesore that has been a drag on Larchmontโ€™s economic life for years and create a vibrant, forward-looking, mixed-use building that reflects and enhances the character of our Village.

๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ:
โ€ข Elk Homes has proposed a ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ-๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด which would contain 23 high-end and 3 affordable condominium units, 5,000 square feet of retail space on Chatsworth Avenue, and condo-owner amenities. Parking for the project would be provided underground.
โ€ข In addition to building the underground parking for its own residential and commercial tenants, Elk Homes has proposed ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ-๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ธ above the existing Village-owned lot on Wendt Avenue for Village use for a potential net increase of 27 parking spaces. As proposed, the deck would be built by Elk at an estimated ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ $๐Ÿฎ,๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ,๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ and ๐˜„๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ. Additionally, the ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด.
โ€ข Elk Homes has proposed including a ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ, ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜† through their property to connect the municipal Wendt Avenue lot with Chatsworth Avenue. This passageway would be maintained by Elk Homes.
โ€ข The proposed zoning amendment ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—˜๐—— ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, a green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, and bike racks.
โ€ข The Village assessor has reviewed the proposed building and has preliminarily estimated that Centroโ€™s total property-tax burden would be approximately $๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ,๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜†, ๐—ฎ ๐Ÿต๐Ÿณ๐Ÿณ% ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ over the current level.

๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ:
โ€ข Centro Larchmont is a ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ development which would require a Village Board zoning amendment and special permit and a Planning Board site-plan approval. ๐—ก๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ. (A step-by-step timetable of the process can be found athttps://villageoflarchmont.org/โ€ฆ/Rezoning-Site-Plan-Review-โ€ฆ)
โ€ข To date, the Village Board, the Planning Board and the Architectural Review Board have conducted seven public meetings regarding the proposal:
o The Village Planning Board reviewed the proposed zoning amendment at several public meetings and has recommended adoption with some modifications.
o A Board of Trustees public hearing was held on September 16th to receive input from residents on the proposed zoning amendment. Another is scheduled for October 21st.

๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฟ:
โ€ข It is expected that the Village Board would make ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜€ to the proposed zoning amendment. The comments received from the Village and County Planning Boards and residents, along with the assistance of the Villageโ€™s independent planning consultant, will help guide our decision making.
โ€ข Approval of a zoning amendment ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด. There is still a Board of Trustees-issued ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ that will consider circumstances and set conditions specific to the particular site and project. If the special permit is approved, then a ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ-๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ would begin, where modifications can and will be made in accordance with other applicable Village code.
โ€ข Throughout the entire process, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ who will represent our interests and not rely on the studies provided by Elk Homes for decision-making information.

I would like to add that my fellow Board members and I are volunteers, committed to doing what is in the best interests of the Village and its residents and welcome all points of view.

Thank you,
Mayor Lorraine Walsh

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