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Readers Speak Out on Preservation and Demolitions

40SageTerraceScarsdale 10583 is hosting a survey to get input on residents' views regarding housing preservation and demolition. Though we are not ready to publish the results, we have received many interesting comments and a few  are shown below. Click here to participate in the survey. The full results will be published next month.

Comment #1: The village should not tell me how to make use of my property beyond the zoning laws already in place. The Board of Architectural Review should have no power to tell me how to design my house or what color it should long as it meets the building codes.

Comment #2: I have no opposition to new homes being built in Scarsdale. I think many of the new homes are an aesthetic improvement and the housing stock needs to be updated. However, I think there needs to be tight zoning regulations to make sure the homes sizes and lot coverage are appropriate so as to not cause impacts to the environment or excessive storm water runoff.

Comment #3: I don't think there are necessarily too many tear downs. The problem seems to be the criteria, or lack of consistent criteria, being applied to the decision to tear down. Plus, the Village Board seems to be rejecting the recommendations of its Comm. on Historic Preservation. What's also amiss are the number of trees being cut and the overall volume of the new houses being built. They appear to be overwhelming compared to the lot size in many instances, even though they might conform at least to the letter (if not the spirit) of the FAR and other regs.

Comment #4: The Village should conduct a review of its Comprehensive Plan, which hasn't been done since the early 1990s. Does anyone even look at that document anymore? Meanwhile, it is supposed to serve as a guide to decision-making.

Comment #5: There is an easy fix to the perception and reality of homes that appear too large for their lots. This can be solved by increasing the side setback to something more than a mere 10 feet - 10 feet is shorter than the length of an average sedan. Setbacks of 20 feet in either side would go a long way to solve the perception problem. If someone can design a house that extends to the back and meets the roof height, they should be able to do that, and no one should care since it does not impact the visual vista. Many existing homes also have setbacks that are too close to the property line, and in many cases out of compliance with zoning laws. Renovations to existing homes should have to comply with longer setbacks If a home is out of compliance it should not be allowed to renovate in a manner that puts the house within this 20 foot setback.

Comment #6: The FAR loopholes need to be closed. New houses should be sized appropriately for the lot size. New houses, generally, are good -- and they pay more in property taxes, reducing the tax burden for others. We need a strong historic preservation law to protect the limited number of houses that are worthy of protecting -- the Earl Graves debacle perfectly illustrates the issue.

Comment #7: I don't think there is anyone who feels that old houses should never be knocked down and replaced. I think the real issue comes from developers and builders always building to the MAX on any lot. These houses are over scale for the lots they sit on, and as a result overpower their neighbors. It is not limited to new construction either- additions are also a similar problem. Builders exploit all the loopholes. This isn't an all or nothing problem. It's about being conscientious. Clearly there is a problem when houses are being built that dwarf those around them.

Or, maybe we can also figure out a way to make this work for the town. For every house that gets built, every 1,000 square feet of interior space (addition or new construction) you pay for 1/8 mile of road paving. So a 4,000 square foot house= 1/2 mile new road in Scarsdale! At least if we can't stem the tide of building, we can get something out if it! We have recreation fees, why not road fees?

8 Circle RoadSales:

8 Circle Road

This 1910 Colonial has an enclosed vestibule with an inlaid brick floor leading to the entrance which opens the door to this home with highlights such as coffered ceiling dining room with original paneled walls and leaded glass windows, French doors from main floor rooms leading to outdoor patios, arched doorways, beautiful moldings, three fireplaces, and wood floors. Upgrades include: new roof, plumbing, updated HVAC and electrical, kitchen stainless steel appliances and cabinetry, many new Marvin windows, and two Waterworks bathrooms. The property is an oasis of mature perennial gardens, specimen trees, a tiered stone flower garden and new landscaping.

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15 Cotswold WayEdgemont:

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In Edgemont's The Cotswolds, this classic home offers 6000+ square feet on .57 acres with room for a pool and gardens. This home offers a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, top appliances and an island with a back entrance loggia/mud area and a family room with windows and doors overlooking the yard. The master suite has a walk-in closet and private deck. Five bedrooms, two baths, one of two laundry rooms, terrace and back stairs complete this floor. The lower level offers an additional 1300 square feet with a play room, bedroom with a bathroom, wine room and laundry room. Refurbished antique hardwood floors and original brick marries seamlessly with new windows and doors. This home also has radiant and hydro heat, central air conditioning, upgraded wiring and central vacuum system.

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This colonial is located on a cul-de-sac in the Edgemont school district. Enjoy the renovated eat-in kitchen with granite counters, breakfast bar, and Thermador double oven. The kitchen opens to the family room with three exposures and sliding doors to the patio and backyard. The living room has a fireplace. Beautiful hardwood floors. There is an updated master bedroom suite with walk-in closet with built-ins, fireplace, second family room/den and a private master bath with dual sinks, imported Italian tumbled limestone, Jacuzzi tub and shower. There are two additional bedrooms, plus a potential fourth bedroom/bonus room.

Sale Price: $928,000
Taxes: $24,193

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