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Palmer Road Retail Building Approved Plus This Week's Home Sales

1PalmerEntranceThe last meeting of the Board of Architectural Review chaired by Maggie Stern included discussions about the design of the new retail building at 1 Palmer Avenue and several private home renovations and the final review of the design for the new retail building at 1 Palmer Avenue.

An architect from Perkins Eastman presented a revised design of the new retail building at 1 Palmer Avenue. At a previous meeting the BAR had asked the architect to create a design with a more historical look to relate to the rest of the neighborhood. The architect returned to the meeting with a rendering of an enlarged window above the entrance and the addition of half timbers on the façade to mimic the Tudor style buildings at the Five Corners.

However, after some discussion, it was decided that the timbers detracted from the design and the BAR moved to approve the building without them. It should also be noted that main entrance to the building is now facing the current Balducci’s parking lot. Since the entry and exit to the lot will be via Secor Road, the new tenants requested that the entrance be moved adjacent to the parking lot, rather than at the intersection of Heathcote and Palmer Roads as originally planned.

Though the name of the tenant was not revealed, it was reported that the tenant would rent the entire space, which is 11,000 square feet.

50 Ogden Road
Also on the agenda was the design for a home on the existing foundation at 50 Ogden Road. The current home is a ranch that sits on the last parcel of Ogden Road before it slopes down to the high school. Plans call for the demolition of the ranch and the construction of a large Tudor style home in its place. In response to requests from the BAR and neighbors, the house will have a slate roof, copper gutters and half timbers to mimic the Tudor homes on the street. The BAR suggested adding tiles to the chimney as well.


A neighbor, Karen Zachem, attended the hearing and voiced her concern about the proposed building materials and lack of trees to screen the house. She called the house a “faux Tudor” and feared that the new house would “change the whole feel of the neighborhood.” The BAR chairman said that the builders are making a “substantial investment in materials” and that the design now looks “authentic.” The BAR approved the revised plans.

In other real estate news, here are two homes that recently changed hands – one to be demolished:

Proposed New Home at 26 Innes Road
26 Innes Road: New Colonial style Heathcote home to be built on level property. 4,759 square feet including seven bedrooms, five and a half baths. High ceilings, custom finishes, lovely moldings. Available for pre-construction purchase with personal customization. Work with highly respected local builder known for quality construction and exceptional finishes. Developer available for one-on-one attention to detail throughout building process and beyond


List Price: $2,590,000
Sale Price: $2,375,000
Real Estate Taxes: n/a

Here is a picture of the home currently on the lot at 26 Innes Road:

26 Innes Road

24 Richbell Road: This white stucco home built in 1926 was recently approved for demolition by the Committee for Historic Preservation. Here is a description of the home as it was:

Quality built 1926 home located on almost two acres in the heart of Murray Hill with inground swimming pool and three patios. This home has a wonderful layout, gracious sized rooms, 8 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths. Entrance Foyer is front to back with double dutch doors, sunken living room with fireplace, library with floor to ceiling bookshelves.

24 Richbell Road will be demolished

List Price: $3,995,000
Sale Price: $3,625,000
Real Estate Taxes: $61,528

71 Griffen Avenue: Seven Acres in Quaker Ridge: Rare opportunity to purchase 7 plus acres of natural serenity and privacy. Exceptional views of pond and pool from mid-century modern home with walls of glass to outdoors. Landscaping includes bridge over the Sheldrake River. No subdivision. A new residence can be built. Deed restrictions apply. Flood zone. Land in Towns of Mamaroneck and Scarsdale.


List Price: $2,395,000

71 Griffen Avenue

Sale Price: $2,395,000 (Conditional Contract)
Real Estate Taxes: $114,729

This listing provided by Rebecca F. Spitzer, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 914-723-3340

71 Griffen Avenue




#4 Saddened Neighbor 2011-04-04 17:49
I wonder what is the Historical Society of Scarsdale doing for the preservation of our community.
It is truly sad to watch these beautiful homes consistently being approved for demolition. When a village allows developers to demolish these kind of homes the quality of our lives changes for ever. Not only do we have to withstand the noisy and polluted years of construction, look at a home as large as its lot with faux new materials, but we also must worry as to what kind of new neighbors are we attracting. The saddest part of all is to learn that our village is not working in our communities best interest, unfortunately it is working in their sole interest for higher real estate taxes.
#3 Nick 2011-04-04 11:24
I don't get it, the building At 5 corners should be English Tudor style and should match what's across the street. What's with this planning board? Are they trying to make the 5 corners ugly?
#2 Duane Need? 2011-03-31 08:26
Whaddya think - Walgreens or CVS?
#1 I dont get it 2011-03-30 22:26
The home on Richbell is an absolutely lovely home totally in character with the "grand" homes from the 1920s peppered throughout the town.
Why would the town approve this demolition? How much more in taxes do they hope to get?
If we keep knocking down all the lovely homes to replace them with these newer, potential eye-sores of the faux-colonial, faux-Tudor variety, where is the character and charm in the community?
The town makes you jump through hoops to replace something on your home yet they let a beautiful, charming home like this just get knocked down?

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