Board Rejects Hampshire Rezoning
11 Feb, 2014
By Polly Kreisman
The Mamaroneck Board of Trustees Monday night rejected a petition from the owners of the Hampshire Club requesting rezoning of the Golf Course and Club property to permit development of a 121-unit luxury condominium complex.
Each side in the contentious debate over the future of one of the last parcels of open land in the area sees the impact of the decision differently.
“(We) have already presented a second plan that is in compliance with existing zoning, to create 106 luxury single-family homes on the property. These homes would reflect the style and architecture found in the exclusive Orienta Point neighborhood,” said developer Tom Nappi.
For over a year, Nappi has presented the future of Hampshire as the choice between the Condominium project that was rejected last night, which would preserve the Golf Course, or razing the Golf Course and building over 100 approximately 7000 sq. ft. houses, for which he says the property is legally zoned.
Celia Felsher, President of the Mamaroneck Coastal Environmental Coalition has said the ‘either-or’ characterization of building condos or McMansions ”is an empty threat. The 106- home subdivision would not be feasible – or legal. Most of the property is barely above sea level and would have to be raised significantly to meet current FEMA guidelines, requiring at least 1,000,000 cubic yards (50,000 truckloads) of fill.”
“I, speaking for myself and on behalf of Mamaroneck Coastal, was gratified by the decision of the Board of Trustees to reject the petition submitted by Hampshire to rezone the Club property in order to permit the development of a 121-unit luxury condominium complex. This decision was in the best interest of the community,” she told theLoop Tuesday.
Felsher says Hampshire should now submit a “legal and feasible plan” to the Planning Board for review, that will include an analysis of all possible alternatives with an Environmental Impact Statement.
“We are hopeful that Hampshire, the appropriate Village boards, and the community will be able to develop a reasonable plan that is acceptable to Hampshire and works for the community.”
Nappi indicated he will continue to push the 106 houses option. “Hampshire will remain a viable country club with this plan, as it allows the tennis courts, pool and clubhouse to remain open.”