Story by Katie Bisaro
A Public Hearing will take place on Mon., Aug. 20 to consider a Special Use Variance for the proposed apartment building planned for Forester Ave. on the property in front of the Mechanical Rubber building. The Forester Ave. property, owned by Robert Kennedy of the Kennedy Companies, Inc., is zoned Residential, which would automatically allow single family and two family homes. The Special Use Permit would allow Kennedy to proceed with his plans for 40 one- and two-bedroom apartments not covered in the current zoning.
The plans, created by an architecture design group based in Philadelphia, with input from the Village Planning Board and Architecture Review Board (ARB), call for eight townhouse-style apartments that will front Forester Ave. The remaining 32 units will be behind, perpendicular to those fronting Forester Ave., on either side of a common courtyard. The proposed units will consist of 12 one-bedroom apartments and 28 two-bedroom units. According to Kennedy, all units will be rentals at the market rate.
Parking Issues Discussed
According to Ross Winglovitz, PE, from Engineering and Surveying Properties of Montgomery, NY, the plans call for 97 parking spaces, 27 of which will be covered spaces underneath the rear apartments. Access to the rear parking will be a one-way driveway that will continue around the building to a one-way exit on the other side. A joint access agreement will be needed between Kennedy and Mechanical Rubber for shared use of the driveway.
Project Limits American Legion Parking
Kennedy was asked if he had discussed parking with the American Legion whose property adjoins that of the proposed apartment complex. The Legion often uses the Kennedy property for overflow parking during events and fundraising space during Applefest.
Kennedy commented that he had not had any discussions with the American Legion about parking, beyond their initial conversation on the matter.
“We don’t have an answer at this time,” Kennedy said.
There will be some extra parking on the Kennedy property, but not as much as is currently available. He pointed out there was room on the American Legion property and perhaps it can be configured to create additional parking.
“We’d like to work with them as best we can…[but] we need to utilize our property the best we can,” he added.
Public Hearing, Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m.
A Public Hearing to consider the Special Use Variance for the proposed apartments on Forester Ave. will take place on Mon., Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Hall, located at 77 Main St. in Warwick.
Village Awarded $8,000 Rebate
The Village of Warwick has been awarded an $8,000 rebate as part of the Municipal Zero-emission Vehicle (ZEV) and ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program. Under the Multi-State ZEV Memorandum of Understanding, New York State and seven other participating states (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont) have committed to putting a total of 3.3 million ZEVS on the roads in those states by 2025.
The memorandum outlines the participating states commitment to “to reducing air pollution, including emission of GHGs (greenhouse gas emissions) and other air pollutants” and acknowledges that “motor vehicles are among the largest sources of GHGs and criteria air pollutants that adversely affect the health and well-being of our citizens of all our states.” To that end, the participating states agree to “coordinate actions to support and ensure the successful implementation” of ZEV programs.
In his letter to Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard, the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation commended the Village for its efforts in contributing to “achieving the State’s goal of reducing greenhouse emissions 40 percent by 2030.”
The $8,000 rebate will be used to replace the charging station in the South St. parking lot which, according to Trustee Barry Cheney, “has reached the end of its useful life.”
Mayor Newhard thanked the Village grant writer, Linda Smith, for her efforts in securing the rebate.
Three-on-three Basketball Tournament
A three-on-three basketball tournament will be held on Sun., Aug. 5 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the basketball courts at Stanley-Deming Park. The rain date is Sun., Aug. 12.
Mayor Encourages Water Conservation
Due to the recent heat wave and lack of rain, Mayor Newhard encouraged Village residents to conserve water in an effort to ward off a water emergency. He noted that the Village was not in a water emergency situation at this time.
Warwick Summer Arts Festival
Mayor Newhard reported that the Warwick Summer Arts Festival has successfully kicked off and will continue with events in July and August. More information on the festival is available at www.warwicksummerarts.com.
Hudson Valley Jazz Festival
The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival kicks off on Thurs., Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. with a concert by the New York Swing Exchange on the Railroad Green in the Village. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Warwick Reformed Church, located at 16 Maple Ave., across from St. Anthony Community Hospital. Information on other jazz festival events can be found at www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org.
Next Village Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Village Board of Trustees will be held on Mon., Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Hall, located at 77 Main St. in Warwick NY.