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Heathcote Residents Object to Proposed Group Home in Murray Hill Plus Home Sales and Featured Listings

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The leaders of Monte Nido & Affiliates, eating disorder treatment programs, invite members of the community to join them for coffee and conversation at 3:00 this Sunday, November 15th, in the Jaffin Room at the Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmsted Road. The Monte Nido team would like to answer questions and clarify facts about their proposal to establish a residential program for girls in Scarsdale.

This letter was sent to Scarsdale 10583 by a group of concerned residents:  

Dear Editor,

We, Scarsdale residents, need to urgently band together to protect and maintain the tranquil, residential oasis of our community.
At this moment, the calm and character of our neighborhood is in jeopardy.

Monte Nido is in contract to purchase 2 Morris Lane to operate a community residential treatment facility to house and treat adolescents with eating and other behavioral health disorders.

If approved, we believe this facility WILL:

-Increase traffic in our neighborhood due to staff, patients, guests and emergency vehicles at all hours of day and night;

-Substantially alter the character of our neighborhood;

-Make our neighborhood less desirable to live in and even potentially reduce the property values; and

-Add yet another treatment facility to the Heathcote community (there are already 8 in the immediate area!).

We urge all of you to email Mayor Mark at to register your opposition.

Also, join us on November 24, 2015 at 6:30 at Village Hall to oppose the proposed treatment center.

Thank you,
Group of Concerned Scarsdale Neighbors

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#9 henry 2015-11-17 12:04
I am not a resident of SWcarsdale so perhaps it is presumptious of me to comment, but this is a NIMBY-fueled campaign of ignorance to force Monte Nido to withdraw from establishing an eating disorder treatment facility.

We know far too much about eating disorders from personal experience. Our daughter presented symptoms of an eating disorder while in high school. We embarked on a course of treatment including therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, a primary care physician and a nutritionist. There were out-patient and in-patient hospitalization s, ER visits, day programs, and a residential treatment facility.

There are numerous types of eating disorders. Some involve restricted eating, some binging or purging and some combinations thereof. Often borne of depression, trauma or anxiety, an eating disorder is not a lifestyle, nor a choice, but a disease. The effects are devastating and disabling, even when they’re invisible to outsiders and we learned the disease is too often fatal. These disorders seem to target the most lovely, intelligent, and kind children.

Eating disorders are not contagious. Patients in an eating disorder facility don’t binge and purge on the front lawn, nor do they attempt to seduce passersby to join their cult. People with an eating disorder like trick-or-treati ng, Christmas, Hanukah, birthdays, etc. just as much as any other person.

The people of Scarsdale are seemingly deluded into thinking this facility would have been a hospital or clinic with busses, trucks, urban parking facilities and so on. Residential treatment centers are nothing of the sort. They are safe havens providing support, stability and protection for the clients they serve so they can do the very hard work of treatment, always hopeful of recovery.

It’s likely every person in Scarsdale who stands against this facility knows someone, or has a child who knows someone, with an eating disorder – whether they realize it or not. It’s not always obvious, but it is always devastating. We need facilities like Monte Nido desperately. Good treatment is critical and our affluent suburban southern Westchester communities have been lacking much needed resources for a long-time – over the years forcing families to send their sick children hundreds if not thousands of miles away to get the help they need.

I began this letter hoping the result will be some who oppose Monte Nido will have a change of heart. People with this illness need a safe, compassionate, non-judgmental environment in which to heal – not a toxic atmosphere of ignorance and bias.
#8 Bizfinguy 2015-11-17 11:18
If they wish to be taken seriously, those who are trying to block this new use for Two Morris should put forth substantive, factual arguments instead of silly scare tactics. And I don't care that you pay taxes -- we all do.
#7 Circle of Friends 2015-11-17 11:02
I’m struggling to understand how this home will alter the traffic flows in Scarsdale, any more than the myriad construction/co ntractors/lands caper vehicles are doing now. So that really shouldn’t be a concern. And it’s hard to fathom how a home like this will SUBSTANTIALLY ALTER the character of the neighborhood – any more than the monstrosity at Five Corners has done. Will the Monte Vido folks significantly alter the home from the exterior, building on to what is existing? If so, then perhaps the assessed value increases and they pay more taxes. Will they pay their tax bill and maintain the property in the manner of the other homes in the neighborhood? I suspect they will. Will the residents and employees adhere to local laws and be good citizens of the village? Again, I suspect they will and will have no greater levels of incidents that that which is found currently across the village.

We should not dismiss any program that has the potential to treat or assist with issues that cause depression or even suicide – whether in our community or outside. As we have seen too many times, and within the village, it's a growing problem.

Furthermore, I would believe that if any of the opposition has had a loved one that has dealt with emotional issues similar to those of the girls that will inhabit this home, their objections would be swept away like the fallen leaves so swiftly raked off their property by their landscapers.
#6 Lili Perugini 2015-11-12 22:00
I'm disgusted by the appalling elitist attitudes and ignorance of these privileged Scarsdale citizens, so "concerned" they don't have the spine to use their real names. Do you think none of your daughters suffer from eating disorders, which kill more young women than any other mental illness? Would you prefer they stay silent and out of your neighborhood? With your lack of support you will get your wish - they'll be buried in cemeteries instead of getting well and going to college and having the chance to enjoy living a life as comfortable as yours.
#5 Eating Disorder 2015-11-12 16:55
Monte-Nido is not a joke. The founder knows Scarsdale needs this treatment center. She is likely to win. It is a six figure treatment center and most people with eating disorder addiction cannot afford them. i hope this info make you feel better!
#4 Money Talks... 2015-11-12 10:42
Judging by all the "Mr. Nimby" posts it is clear that he represents the group home in some capacity.
Granted that there are all types of laws to allow for this home, but what he underestimates are the deep pocketed neighbors that can hand this up in court for a LONG time. Long enough for the applicant to go away.
THAT my friends is the Scarsdale way!
#3 Mr. NIMBY 2015-11-11 23:41
Here's how this works under the Padavan law. Upon receiving notice of the proposed facility from the sponsor, the municipality has forty days to respond. The municipality may approve the proposal, propose an alternative site, or oppose. If no agreement is reached, the Commissioner of Mental Health decides. Her decision will be final unless it is shown to be arbitrary and capricious. The case law is clear that a municipality opposing this proposed treatment facility will have to show with clear and convincing evidence an undue concentration of similar facilities within the immediate area such that the nature and character of the neighborhood will be substantially altered. This is a very high burden for the municipality to bear, and I'm not aware of any municipality which has succeeded in overcoming a decision of the Commissioner of Mental Health approving a facility. Unsupported speculative arguments like the facility will devalue nearby properties, increase traffic, and the like are rejected by the courts.

I don't know where the anonymous writers come up with 8 other treatment facilities in the Heathcote area. Doctors' offices like the Scarsdale Medical Group don't count in this calculus -- only group homes for those with mental disabilities with 14 or fewer residents count. And, those facilities must be in the immediate neighborhood. So a facility on the Greenacres border with White Plains would not count. The bottom line -- there's no way the Village can successfully contest the proposed group home unless it offers an appropriate alternative site.

Instead of trying to incite ignorant community opposition to a facility that appears to be innocuous to the neighborhood and which will provide an immensely beneficial service to area children, including presumably some who reside in Scarsdale, I suggest you try to work with Monte Nido to minimize the project's impact on the neighborhood. Moreover, this facility, as a for profit business, will pay property taxes and its residents will not attend the Scarsdale Schools.

So avoid the hysteria, meet the developer, and be good neighbors.
#2 So entitled 2015-11-11 22:44
Get over it people . Scarsdale is not a private club. Give me a break about the peaceful residential character of the neighborhood. The whole town is a construction zone so what's one more group home .
#1 Anonymous Heathcote Plea?? 2015-11-11 20:35
Concerned residents writing the letter - please identify yourselves and the streets you live on. How can we come out to support you if you are too ashamed to even put YOUR name on this plea...

Come on, you can't expect just because you live in a mansion that we are all running to your rescue.

Wasn't this the SAME group who sued or threatened to sue the village because you didn't like your tax increases when we were all reassessed to pay our FAIR shares!!

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