Toll Brothers Back to the Table About Soccer Field and Other Citizen Concerns

In a long Tarrytown Planning Board work session, more details were hammered out for the three lots seeking approval in the Wilson Park development.


“A slug fest for hours,” said Mark Fry of the special Planning Board work session in which citizens, board members and Toll Brothers officials tried to hammer out Wilson Park development details that .

But things were more civil than that description may depict, as public comments are limited at a work session. The following points were discussed and will be revisited:

  • The Planning Board and Toll Brothers are aiming to reach agreement over the extent of drainage needed for the soccer field at Wilson Park. The Village will define the kind of use expected, by local schools and others, which will help determine what additional steps may be appropriate to limit field closures after rain. Also, Toll Brothers will propose safety measures to separate users of the field from the water retention areas on the site.
  • The proposed large house on the lot next to the Ice House on Warner Lane was discussed extensively. The Planning Board is concerned over the scale of the building, which - while the floor area is within code - would present over 100 feet of frontage towards the open space of Wilson Park, and stand less than 60 feet from the Ice House. Toll Brothers will see if an alternative configuration can be presented.
  • The stone wall proposed to mark the line between Wilson Park and the adjoining Toll Brothers lots will be reconsidered. Its height may be reduced from the 3 feet presently approved to two feet, with gaps to avoid damage to tree roots.

The Tarrytown Lakes Committe agenda items, mainly saving the stone house, didn't get much discussion time in the meeting. Saving the stone house would apparently have to come through a private deal whereby the Historical Society or someone buys the lot from Toll; the Village is out of that one. 

A self-described "soccer mom" and resident in attendance at the meeting, Pamela Bennett Louis said, "I was incredibly impressed with this Planning Board’s dedication to making sure that the project is properly constructed and, crucially important in this particular instance, the Tarrytown Planning Board is making sure that the new construction is in keeping with the unique characteristics of the Wilson Park neighborhood and Tarrytown lakes."

Comments? The next public hearing on the development will be continued at Village Hall on Tuesday evening, May 29.

Krista Madsen (Editor) May 04, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Note next meeting is 29 not the 19!
joy May 04, 2012 at 06:30 PM
What is teh ice house? Not many houses on Warner Lane but I am still unsure...
Rob DeRocker May 05, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Joy, the Ice House, our house, is at 3 Warner Lane. It's the only house actually on Warner Lane and the only one abutting the Wilson Park open space procured by the Village. But in the 1800's there were mansions along the ridge (now protected) and the Ice House was built to store blocks of ice for the people in those mansions. Additions were added over the years. Right now the only remnant of its original function is a cylindrical room in the basement that was used to store the ice. When we bought the house in June of 2005 it had virtually no insulation on the top floor or the basement, and so later that year we realized it was very appropriately named.
Gargamel May 07, 2012 at 02:32 PM
what happened at the GM lot yesterday?
Krista Madsen (Editor) May 10, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Despite coldness, it sounds very cool, especially a cylindrical room in basement!


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