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Quay Dwellers in the Shadow of the Bridge Rebuild Fight For Mitigation, Compensation

The condo complex closest to the bridge is about to get closer; residents speak out about the great, and largely unknown, impacts to come.

 

Residents of the , , according to resident Sherwood Chorost, want to make it clear that they are not anti-bridge but anti-ambivalence. They do not intend to sit quietly while the bridge gets its fast-track right into their backyards.

A letter that went out from the Board of Managers from the Quay Condominiums stated, “The residents of the Quay do not want to stop the bridge or progress. We are looking for fairness.”

The association of residents has invited community leaders and elected officials, including Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner and others, to a special meeting Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Quay clubhouse. “We want to open a discussion on how the concerns of this community regarding noise and air quality during and after the construction can be addressed through mitigation or other means.”

In the end, resident Tracy Ardanowski, who is raising a, now eight-year-old, child here with her husband Roger, said some kind of financial compensation would “ultimately help a lot” the residents who are otherwise powerless in the face of this project and can't move in this economy. “We're going to have to ride it out,” she said. "There's definitely a phobia of anyone wanting to purchase here at this point.”

The Ardanowski's unit is not riverfront but abutting the state police barracks, which itself may be compromised and taken out by the bridge, making their residence among the “more vulnerable.” She is worried about “everything: the noise, the pollution... The traffic is unbearable here to begin with. Making a left-hand turn out of our complex is already a major feat in itself.”

Ardanowski also works from home most weekdays which will pose a challenge when the construction is happening out her window. "I’m an editor by trade," she said, "so I don’t look forward to hearing all the disruption while I’m working. I’m on the phone the bulk of the day, so all of the intervals of blasting will likely be a challenge, as well as venturing over the bridge [to her office in New Jersey] once things go full-throttle."

Ardanowski said that in the decade they've been there, the population of the complex has shifted some and become more family-friendly. There are young families, and there are many grandchildren visiting their grandparents. “In the summertime, it's definitely active with the pool," she said. "Is it going to be healthy with all the blasting going on and god-knows-what being sent into the atmosphere?”

“I can only imagine what all that work will bring,” Ardanowski said. “The biggest thing [to come of this meeting] is for everyone to recognize that the depiction of a 'minor' inconvenience and impact that is 'minimal' is really misunderstanding that we are truly going to be impacted in multiple ways. To take a hit on a complex that's always had a strong value is incredibly disheartening.”

The letter matches this sentiment and holds high hopes for the meeting: “We are confident that those who attend this meeting will agree that homeowners who invested their life's savings should not have to worry about losing out when the bridge is built.”

 

The meeting will be held at the Quay Clubhouse at 8:00 pm, March 22. For further info please call Alice Goldberg, President, Board of Managers at 914-524-0349.

joy March 21, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Very legit concerns
Heron March 22, 2012 at 12:33 AM
People want the work that rebuilding the Tappan Zee Bridge will bring. So the people who live in the Quay should put up with the noise, inconvenience and their diminished property values (NOT!) And we should welcome even more cars because that will bring increased business to Westchester County (NOT!) The people who live near the bridge are selfish! (NOT)
Bob March 22, 2012 at 02:49 AM
We agree-Residents of Tappan Landing as well as residents of the Quay will be heavily impacted by the construction of the new bridge. Noise, pollution, quality of life will be the standard for the next 5 years. No sleep/no peace....We should ALL band together in a Class Action for monetary damages and Tax reductions....
Cloudwriter March 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM
This reminds me of when I used to work at the airport. There were always cries from neighbors about the noise of the airplanes, safety concerns, environmental impacts, anything they could come up with. The odd thing was the airport was there before they built the houses near the end of the runway. I always wondered why, if they were so concerned, did they move next to the airport in the first place? It sounds to me like MS Ardanowski is just trying to cash in. She obviously knew about the current bridge when she moved here. The noise, the traffic and the pollution are things she knew about going into this. Now she want money from taxpayers because she bought an apartment near the bridge. I would suggest she cut her losses now and move out of Tarrytown.
Krista Madsen (Editor) March 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM
This is just one representative voice from the whole neighborhood association, who feel the same. Certainly you can't ask a whole complex to move.
Cloudwriter March 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM
True. But people who bought in that complex (certainly with in the last 10-15 years) that a new bridge was being discussed. If the didn't know that, then they didn't do their homework before buying. If they did know that, then now, when it looks like construction is about to start on the new bridge, they shouldn't be crying about it. They should have dealt with their issues a long time ago. If they don't like where they are living, then move.
Concerned in Tarrytown March 22, 2012 at 01:50 PM
The residents of the Quay are not opposing the jobs that a new bridge will bring- they are not opposing the progress of a safer and better bridge- they want to prevent being singled out to unduly suffer the negative impacts during and after the construction phase. It is cynical to say that anyone here is looking to "cash in", rather we are looking to protect, as best we can, the health of our families and the value of our homes
Tarrytownres March 22, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Not a fair comment as to blame someone for moving to that complex based on a rumour that a bridge would be rebuilt. It may have made sense for them for financial reasons or otherwise.
Bob March 22, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Cloudwriter-as you write-did they move the airport/did they build another airport next to the existing? This bridge issue is about building a new bridge located in a different footprint. It most certainly has a negative impact on the resident homeowners who will suffer from the noise/pollution and loss of market value of their homes
Tarrytownres March 22, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Not sure if you would like 24/7 pile driving, possible river rat infestation and a staging area in your backyard. However, the residents of the Quay agree that the bridge should be built. They are simply bringing awareness to the congestion on Rt 9 (that all of us Tarrytown residents will have to deal with) as well as some of the other issues that are unique to them such as what I mentioned above as well as the loss of financial value of their homes for at least during the construction period which may be 5 yrs +
Rachel March 22, 2012 at 02:29 PM
If they are concerned about the health of their families, how is "some kind of financial compensation would “ultimately help a lot” the residents" going to relieve those concerns?
Bob March 22, 2012 at 02:33 PM
They could be relocated for the 5 years...away from the noise/pollution/construction
Mary Ann Johnson March 22, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Some of us bought our condo in The Quay over 20 years ago when there was no talk of any new bridge. Again, we are not opposed to a new bridge but rather in NYS there is no law presently to address the concerns of surrounding residents from major public works, construction, etc. There are similar instances that affected the residents of White Plains when they blasted for the updated I287 overpass work. Also, recently on the local news there have been horror stories of the residents next to Route 110 and the Long Island Expressway interchange construction. We sincerely hope that communities that also will be affected by this or any other public works project will be afforded consideration.
Cloudwriter March 24, 2012 at 08:51 AM
Giving the residents of the Quai money is not going to solve any problems. It might make some of them happy but that is unlikely. Moving them someplace else for 5 years is absurd. I know people who live in the Quai who actually like the bridge. The new bridge will be closer. That will make some people happier. The fact is, the noise and the pollution will never go away. The state will do whatever they can to mitigate the construction disturbances which will affect anyone traveling through Tarrytown for the next 5 years. But, let's face it, it's not going to be pretty or fun for any of us. And when it's done, the residents of the Quai will be living closer to the bridge and it's effects of noise and pollution. I live up on grove street where we feel the effects of the bridge too. We hear it. We smell it. We have traffic problems when the bridge gets backed up. Maybe I should cry for some money too. Maybe the whole village should get a hand out. Maybe we could all be moved to some quaint quiet little place for 5 years. I don't think so.
davideac March 30, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Tarrytownres: Don't worry. The pile driving won't be 24/7. It will be "limited" (quote from the DEIS): Limiting the periods of pile driving to no more than 12-hours/day (in rare circumstances, it is possible that piling may extend further than 12 hours depending on the practicality of driving).  Limiting driving of piles with an impact hammer within Zone C [water depths 5.5- 13.7 m (18-45 feet)] to pile for 5 hours per day during the period of spawning migration for shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon (April 1 to August 1). 12 hours a day? I'm not sure I would call that "limited". At least the sturgeon are helping us out, though I'm not sure 5 hours a day of pile driving and all the dredging will help them much.
Samual Mita June 07, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I would like to know how many residents of the Quay are original residents when it first opened?

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