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Briarcliff Board Prepares to Issue Permit for Chilmark CVS

A resolution to give the applicant a special permit may appear at next week's meeting.

After months of scrutiny in front of both the planning and village boards in Briarcliff Manor, the Chilmark Shopping Center CVS may be moving forward soon.

At Wednesday's board of trustees meeting, village attorney Clinton Smith acknowledged the planning board had, , recommended a special permit be considered for the applicant, Urstadt Biddle Properties.

Urstadt Biddle has proposed building a 13,000-square foot CVS in the Pleasantville Road shopping center that borders the Village of Ossining.

The proposed building façade would face Pleasantville Road.

On Wednesday, representatives of Urstadt Biddle shared three proposals with the village board, the first of which, Smith said, has been "blessed, if you will, by the planning board."

William Null of Cuddy & Feder—the law firm representing Urstadt Biddle—shared the second plan includes an "area for looping back" around the 3,500-square foot building (a proposed increase in size) that now houses .

The third plan also addresses the center's , which has not yet approved the plan.

Null said all three proposals conform to the minimum parking requirements (four-and-a-half spaces for ever 1,000-square feet).

During the public hearing portion of the meeting, Jennifer Earl of Meadow Road said she was concerned about how safe the center would become once CVS is built, bringing in additional traffic.

"I ride my scooter to and from the shopping center pretty much weekly," she shared with the board.

With the changes, Earl said, "I don't think it would be safe for me on my scooter."

Emily Sack of Holbrook Lane again raised potential environmental concerns to the board's attention. She urged the board to "see that it's done in a good way this time" and to keep the best interests of the community in mind when issuing the special permit.

Mayor William Vescio ultimately asked Smith to draw up a resolution to issue the special permit for any of the three proposals at the next board meeting, as well as create a negative State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) determination.

The public hearing was then adjourned until March 21.

Linda Griffin March 14, 2012 at 12:48 AM
The last thing we need in our area is another CVS. Walgreens is being built on Route 134 and there is a CVS next to the Arcadian Shopping Center. We could use clothing, housewares, specialty foods - anything but another big box drugstore.

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