Largest undeveloped tract of land in Westchester designated open space
The largest undeveloped tract of land in Westchester was designated open space Friday, protecting it from development.
The 654-acre Eagle River Property in Somers was purchased with money from the town, the county and even New York City. The city had a stake in the land since it is part of the watershed that supplies drinking water to millions of people there.
Westchester County Executive Andy Spano says the open space is a balancing act between the need for preservation and development. To that end, affordable housing units for Somers may go on a separate 15-acre parcel purchased in the deal. The Eagle River site will include walking trails on the property, which will eventually be linked to other county parks.