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Greenburgh schedules meeting to discuss environmental concerns surrounding proposed sports bubble

Posted By Greg Shillinglaw On November 13, 2012 @ 5:51 pm In Government & Politics,Greenburgh,Schools | Comments Disabled

Town officials are expected to meet after Thanksgiving with representatives from an environmental engineering firm to discuss what remediation needs to be completed on the former Frank’s Nursery property.

Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner is encouraging residents to submit questions via e-mail about the clean-up before the town’s work session with Woodard & Curran, which continues to investigate contaminants found during the phase two environmental study of the site. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for November 27 at 9:30 a.m.

[1]“Some people have legitimate concerns about the town doing the right thing, while others are against anything we’re for,” Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said Tuesday.

Voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum on Election Day authorizing a 15-year lease with Game On 365, a company that plans to build a $6.9 million sports complex on the town-owned property.

An environmental report released days before the election revealed that volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, including known and suspected carcinogens, have seeped into the groundwater running under the 7-acre site, which percolates through fill dumped there in the late 1960s from a downtown White Plains’ urban renewal project.

Some of the contaminants may be from a 500-gallon oil spill, which occurred in 2001 and has yet to be cleaned up.

Opponents of the proposed sports bubble claim remediation will cost significantly more than the $100,000 estimate provided this summer by town officials, who have already spent more than $110,000 on studying the site.

A lawsuit filed against the sports complex means a court of law will have the final say on this controversial project. The suit claims Greenburgh violated Westchester County tax law by approving a deal to lease the property rather than sell it.

It also argues the town failed to conduct a proper environmental review, and the lease violates Finneran’s Law, which imposes mandatory residency restrictions on public facilities funded by taxpayers from the unincorporated sections of the town.

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