What You Can Do To Stop the Teardowns
- Category: Real Estate
- Published: Thursday, 27 October 2022 02:16
- Jordi Wiener
After receiving approval to tear down a house and subdivide the property, developers moved quickly to bulldoze 29 Church Lane this week. Take a look at what’s left.
Many are asking why this continues to happen?
Why are historic, affordable and habitable houses taken down, only to be replaced with two cookie cutter new homes that young families cannot afford? In the process, the Village loses houses for first-time buyers, loses trees, causing additional flooding, crowds roadways and strains our infrastructure. Street parking is lost to additional driveways and neighbors are challenged to back out of their driveway without running into a car across the street.
This continuous pattern damages our community, our environment and neighborhood character, benefitting only the aggressive developers who often scoop up these properties before they are even listed for sale.
What can you do to preserve our neighborhoods?
The process usually begins with an application to tear down a home, often before it is sold. For the most part, the Committee for Historic Preservation approves these demolitions, fearing lawsuits from determined homeowners and developers. Even when the homes clearly meet the Village’s criteria for preservation, the CHP often approves the application to take them down in the face of hired experts, litigious developers and homeowners with deep pockets.
Once the demolition is approved, the property owner files an application with the Planning Board to subdivide the property. If the property conforms to regulations the subdivision is approved and plans are filed with the Board of Architectural Review to construct two homes where there once was one.
What can you do to stop this?
Sign up to receive the agendas for the Committee for Historic Preservation. When you see that they are considering a cherished house, send an email to them or attend the meeting and voice your concern.
Sign up to receive the agendas for the Planning Board. When you see an application for a subdivision, send them an email or attend to the meeting to let them know what you think.
If you want to see our existing laws enforced, or strengthened, write to Mayor@Scarsdale.com and members of the Board of Trustees (email addresses here) asking them to take measures to stop subdivisions, preserve historic homes, safeguard our infrastructure and curb the crowding of our streets.
Urge the Mayor and Trustees to bar developers who repeatedly break our laws from building over and over again. Deny building permits to those who tear down homes illegally, build non-conforming homes, take down trees without permits and re-grade the property to push stormwater onto the neighbors. Why should they be allowed to continue to profit from Scarsdale?
It’s your town and it’s up to you to preserve it. Let our leaders know what you think.
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