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July 2019

Mayor for a Day Olivia Riberio and Mayor Lorraine Walsh.

Wendt Avenue Residents Discuss Proposed Luxury Condos at Board Meeting

By Stephen E. Lipken


Olivia Ribeiro, a Murray Avenue School Second Grader aged 7, convened the Monday, June 17th   Larchmont Board of Trustees meeting as “Mayor for a Day.”


Mayor Lorraine Walsh announced the resignation of Library Board of Trustees Chair Pamela Dubitsky, appointing Lauren Gottfried to succeed her and Casey Halliley to fill Gottfried’s vacant Trustee position.


Fire Chief John Caparelli reported attending to 430 calls thus far in 2019; three Volunteer Firefighters, Peter Fanelli, wife, Theresa and Ben Garcia completed a Westchester County Department of Emergency Services Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC), facilitating Rescue 1 operations.


With the retirement of Fire Lieutenant Brian Doherty, Ribeiro and Walsh administered the Oath of Office to Lieutenant John Adams.  Caparelli went on to say that ConEdison will conduct training to how to use new Gas Detecting Devices.


Police Chief John Poleway stated that New York State Office of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Services inaugurated an anti-substance abuse campaign on May 15, encouraging adults to talk to young people about alcohol and drug addiction.  Help can be found at Hot Line 1-877 HOPENY, 877-846-7369.


“To report suspicious activities, call the NYS Terrorism Tip Line at 1-866-SAFENYS (1-866-723-3697 or www.ny.gov/seesendny,” Poleway concluded.


At the Work Session, Wendt Avenue resident Rich Golden discussed the proposed Centro Larchmont luxury condominiums by Elk Homes, Rye at 108 Chatsworth Avenue and 65 Wendt Avenue, requesting a timeline for the project.  Village Attorney James Staudt noted that there are two steps: 1) application submitted to Planning Board; 2) Planning Board comments to Village Board, who conducts an environmental review and recommends zoning changes.


Wendt Avenue neighbor Ruth Bradley expressed concern about the scale of the building.  “With 26 apartments it will change the feel of the Village.  I would like to see green space.  With the 10-foot alleyway, let’s make it 15 feet and put in park benches and grass.” She also emphasized that Wendt Avenue is a quiet street where children walk on both sides.


 Other concerns expressed were parking curb cuts, rising water table and bright garage lighting, “contributing to an unsightly urban appearance.”