Unauthorized Demolition, Grand Plans and the Reval
- Real Estate
- Published on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 11:50
- Lori Gertzog
A busy week for the Building Department in Scarsdale – where active developers are posing challenges to Village Code.
A home at 85 Penn Road was demolished without receiving a certificate of appropriateness from the Committee for Historic Preservation. According to the Building Department the owners of the home had received permission from the BAR to renovate the house and do an addition. But when the construction crew began work they found that the original structure had decayed and would not support the new work. Rather than call the Building Department for an inspection, Freitas Construction plowed down the house. Since they did not have permission to demolish more than 50% of the structure, they now face violations and fees of up to $50,000.
Residents of Sherbrooke Park report that they were not given notification from the builder before the Committee for Historic Preservation met in September, 2014 to consider the demolition of a 1928 home in their neighborhood. When the home at 4 Brookline Road,was demolished, puzzled neighbors went to Village Hall to see why they were not notified. They checked the file and found postal receipts to show that the owner had notified residents on the opposite side of Sherbrooke Park, though the real neighbors addresses were listed on the application. Whether it was a deliberate action or a mistake, no one will ever know.
Though builders and realtors are claiming that the high end of the market in Scarsdale is dead, applications to build large and larger homes continue to pass through Village Hall. On Wednesday December 2, the Village Board of Appeals will consider an application from Eighteen Heathcote LLC to build a home, pool, patios and a driveway that will exceed the 15,000 square foot floor area permitted on the 5.39 acre property at 18 Heathcote Road. Plans call for a ballroom and a library with 14 foot ceilings that will count twice toward the FAR calculation. Also in the plans are a 5,789 square foot terrace, two entrance courts of 2,995 square feet and 1,174 square feet, a 1,463 square foot guesthouse and a 24 X 50 foot pool.
10 Richbell Close
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Sale Price: $2,000,000