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.

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