Brite Avenue Residents File an Article 78 in an Effort to Save their Property Plus Home Sales and Featured Listings
- Category: Real Estate
- Published: Wednesday, 31 March 2021 17:00
- Sophia Albert
The owners of a home at the bottom of a steep slope on Brite Avenue have filed an Article 78 Petition against Scarsdale Village after the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) approved plans to rip out all the trees and vegetation on the hill behind their yard and replace it with a series of tall retaining walls, some topped by fences.
In an effort to save their property, the homeowners Mark and Vicki Nadler gathered 700 names on a petition to “Save the Hill.” And when the BAR approved the project, despite the outcry, Nadler appealed to the Mayor asking him to intervene. This was all to no avail, so Nadler has decided to sue the Village.
Filed on March 25, 2021, the Article 78 charges that BAR reached their determination in “an arbitrary and capricious fashion” and abused its discretion when they approved the plans. The Nadler’s claim that an appraiser has found that as a result of the “fortress like retaining walls,” their property will lose 10-15% of its value.
The Nadler’s property sits below a hill that slopes between forty and sixty degrees. In order to expand the yard at the new home on 4 Kingston Road, above them, the developer, EJK plans to build a series of retaining walls, varying in height from 6.5 to 16.5 feet in height with one wall spanning 107 feet. The complaint charges that the renderings that were presented by the builder were inaccurate and misleading and will create and “institutional” rather than “residential” feeling. Furthermore they state that the replacement trees and shrubs will not provide adequate screening.
The Nadler’s claim that the BAR did not follow their mandates to “preserve and promote the character and appearance and conserve property values.” Or “take into account the natural features of the site…. and the character of the district …. with a view to conserving the values of property and encouraging the most appropriate use of the land.”
They charge that the BAR did not follow it’s own regulations and ask that the BAR’s decision be “annulled and deemed voice and be reversed.
However, it may be too late. EJK has already sent in a team of tree removal crews and on Tuesday March 30 and Wednesday March 31 they were busy sawing down 100 year-old trees. Neighbors watched in dismay as tens of tall trees that lined Kingston Road for decades were taken down, sawed into pieces and carted away. It’s not clear whether or not they have begun the destruction of the slope behind Nadler’s house, or if they will wait for the court to rule on the Article 78.
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