After more than a year of hearings and feedback from Briarcliff Manor's village board, planning board and Ossining's village board, plans are moving forward to construct a CVS at the Pleasantville Road Chilmark Shopping Center.
Briarcliff Manor's planning board approved a resolution on July 19 after developer Urstadt Biddle Properties made some minor changes .
Instead of requiring that the building's Pleasantville Road-facing façade have faux windows to break up the exterior, William Null of Cuddy & Feder requested the company have the option of instead adding more landscaping in front of the building.
"I think [landscaping] softens it more than the windows," he told the board.
Planning Board Member Jay Neveloff said he was OK with the change.
"I frankly like the [proposed] trees," he said.
Added Board Chair Edward Nolan, "The option is fine with me."
Null also asked that the board allow one year—versus the previously stated six months—for Urstadt Biddle to "apply due diligence" to receive the necessary building permits needed from Briarcliff Manor and Ossining.
CVS is also looking for the "flexibility" to stay open until 12 a.m., rather than the 10 p.m. required closing time a draft resolution listed. The board consented to the change.
This particular proposal has meet frequent resistance by neighbors, who have spoken about potential and existing issues ranging from traffic to parking to hours and scope.
As part of the resolution, Urstadt Biddle will be responsible for making significant changes and improvements to the shopping center at large, including repaving, lighting and building additions.
The planning board unanimously agreed to send the proposal back to the village board for approval. Before construction begins, the applicant will need to return to the village to receive approval on proposed signage.
Null said he believe the proces is going to benefit the shopping center as a whole.
"Thank you very much for your time and patience and consideration," he told the board.