Story by Lourice Angie
The Warwick Village Planning Board met on Thurs., Aug. 17 at the Warwick Village Hall. John Christison, owner of Yesterday’s; his attorney, John Cappello; and Engineer Ross Winglovitz met with the Board to discuss the details of a mandated traffic study at 16 Elm St. in Warwick, where Yesterday’s plans to relocate.
The 3.7 acre property backs up to residential lots on West St. and Van Buren St. Many neighbors have expressed concerns about setbacks between their yards and Yesterday’s relocation site.
At the Jun., 27 meeting, the Board voted three to two to mandate that a traffic study be done at the relocation site. The requested areas of focus during the traffic study included the distance as far as parking on both sides between West St. and Elm St., the potential dangers posed at the intersection of West St. and Elm St., and the increase in the flow of traffic on those streets. Conclusions provided from the traffic study recommended improvements regarding striping, sidewalks, and eliminating parking spaces to improve site distance.
“With those improvements completed, their conclusion, based on traffic counts and their analysis on future traffic volumes, is that the existing road network is adequate and that the levels of service of the various intersections that would be affected will continue to be at acceptable levels,” said Cappello.
A copy of the study was sent to Mike Moser of the Department of Public Works for his input but his feedback has not yet been received. Other areas of the traffic study are still premature and will require additional revisions. Engineer Ross Winglovitz explained that an updated archaeology report of the site at 16 Elm St. was conducted based on available mapping of the previous structure. The New York State Office of Historic Preservation (SHPO) asked that trenches be performed to excavate deeper and see if there was any evidence of the old structures that were on the site. Trenches were excavated in the presence of the archeologists and showed no significant findings. The SHPO concluded that no further work would need to be completed.
“The conclusion of the report was submitted to the State but we’re awaiting their response,” said Winglovitz. Other reports included environmental samples of soil and groundwater that were collected during the archaeology excavation. The conclusion of these tests proved that the site was clean.
George Aulen announced that the Board would need to wait until all of the information has been received and the State responds to the Planning Board. Once everything is presented to the Board, they will determine the next phase in the lengthy process. The Board anticipates having further information by the next board meeting, which will be held on Thurs., Sept. 21.