Speaking of Hillside (see my last post), it appears developer Edmund Lane is holding his ground when it comes to his plans for Hillside Commercial Park.
“If the town’s going to court, then go to court. If they want to waste the taxpayer’s money, then waste it,” Lane’s lawyer, Donald Brenner, said yesterday.
Town Supervisor Thom Kleiner wants Lane to reappear before the Zoning Board of Appeals because of a mistake the board made when it approved a waiver for the project. The board OK’d the waiver before the Planning Board made an environmental impact declaration. Since it was the board’s mistake, Brenner said his client shouldn’t be penalized.
Kleiner and the Town Board are considering suing Lane and the Zoning Board over the matter.
The mistake would have gone completely unnoticed, or ignored, except that a group of homeowners got wind of the project just over a month ago and were not happy. They put together a coalition to fight the project and caught the ear of Kleiner, who had the town’s attorney go over the project with a fine-toothed comb.
Here’s two stories on the project:
Pearl River residents rally to fight commercial park
Orangetown supervisor considers suing town’s own board
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It’s been just about a month since Pearl River homeowners formed Residents United to Save Hillside. But already the group has hired a lawyer, launched a website and held several well-attended meetings.
Now, the group has plans for a fundraiser on May 21.Â It will be held at The Saloon in Pearl River. Proceeds will go to support RUSH’s efforts to prevent a warehouse and two self-storage buildings from being built on a wooded area along Route 304.
Their web site is www.rushpearlriver.com.
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Residents United to Save Hillside (RUSH) is keeping the pressure on to try and stop a commercial park from being built along Route 304 in Pearl River. The group has launched a website that states its case against the proposed development and lets people know how they can help. It can be found at www.rushpearlriver.com.
The group also has scheduled several meetings in the community room of the Pearl River Library. The next meeting is tomorrow at 7 pm.
The Pearl River homeowners oppose the commercial park â€” which would include a warehouse and two storage buildings on 10 acres â€” because of potential problems with flooding and noise and air pollution.
Here is a recent story about the situation: Pearl River residents rally to fight commercial park
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