Neighbors oppose high-rise development on Stewart Place in White PlainsPosted: Updated:
Neighbors of a 3-acre dump site behind the former Good Counsel Academy in White Plains are trying to block a developer from building a 10-story condo complex around Stewart Place.
Opponents say that along with creating more traffic, the construction could release chemicals from the dump into their local environment.
Years ago, the state Department of Environmental Conservation blocked Good Counsel from building a soccer field on the same property.
But a spokesman for the developer says the dumped materials are non-toxic -- mostly concrete and asphalt left over from a reconstruction project on Interstate 287.
Critics also say a tall building could obstruct the scenic views from neighboring homes.
The current zoning caps building heights at three stories.
The 10-floor development would include residential condos along with an assisted-living facility for senior citizens and additional dorms for Pace University.