Beacon Commons review moves forward

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The Long Island-based construction company that last November purchased the former 130-acre Ridgeway Country Club in White Plains from the French American School continues to seek approval for a project in the town of Beacon in the Dutchess County. The company is Farrell Building, which is located in Brookhaven.

While company owner Joe Farrell told the Business Journal that the development in White Plains would be for luxury single-family homes, his company’s Beacon project calls for a 62-unit, four-story multi-family building with 10 % of units at below market price. rate. The project is known as Beacon Commons and is located at 16 W. Main St. An auto repair shop and warehouse would be demolished to make way for the new structure.

Bank and West Main Street in Beacon. Photo via Google Maps.

Plans say there would be 34 one-bedroom units, 20 two-bedroom units, one studio and seven which are described as providing space to live and work.

The Beacon Planning Board recently held a public hearing on the Beacon Commons environmental review at its May 10 meeting, continuing the review process that began about three years ago.

Diego Villareale, associate director of Armonk-based site development consultants JMC, said the site is about 1.5 acres and the building would have access points on West Main Street as well as Bank Street. . The main entrance with interior and exterior access would be on Main Street West, while the Bank Street entrance would be limited to a one-way entrance. The project would include 62 parking spaces.

Villareale said the developer had worked hard to address various comments from planners, including several technical issues with things like retaining walls, stormwater management and the use of piles for the part of the building that would need supporting piles. He said that instead of using piles that would need to be hammered into the ground, – piles – driven, they are considering a technique known as pile drilling.

Beacon Commons elevation rendering.
Beacon Commons elevation rendering.

“There’s a big difference between the two,” Villareale said, explaining that the drilling process is similar to excavating and pouring concrete rather than the constant banging needed to drive piles.

Planning Board Chairman John Gunn said there were still a number of loose ends on the plan, including merging three lots into one lot on which the building would be located. He also noted that the developer’s traffic study had not yet been reviewed by the city’s traffic consultant.

The developer’s request to remove 13 parking spaces along West Main Street and how the developer will manage the storage of snow that has been plowed from paved areas of the property also require further consideration. thorough.

John Clarke, city planning consultant, said: “We need to find a solution where you don’t have to remove parking in front of a hardware store where it’s needed.”

Planning board member Jill Reynolds recommended that the city’s architectural review board reconsider the plans, particularly the proposed balcony designs for some of the apartments.

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