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Mount Vernon Resident Opposes Proposed Parking Lot

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Mount Vernon resident Eveline Feldmann is upset over a proposal by the owners of an 85-unit apartment building at 485 Gramatan Ave. to build a parking lot that would come close to Feldmann’s property line.

Owners of the apartment building Cedar Manor were given a variance by the Zoning Board of Appeals in the summer of 2011. The variance is still good until Dec. 30, 2012. Cedar Manor lawyer Hannah Gross said the 23-space parking lot is meant to keep the apartment building competitive with other buildings in the market.

Feldmann worries that if the parking lot were constructed, the trees that serve as a  buffer between the apartment building and her house at 12 E. Cedar St. would be removed, and the house at 8 E. Cedar St. would be demolished. Feldmann said that cars would park against her property line if the parking lot were built, which she said is not acceptable.

“There is not a sufficient separation between the parking lot and my house,” Feldmann said. “They are not replacing the buffer with adequate separation between two zoning districts.”

Cedar Manor has said that not all of the trees will be cut down, and agreed to replace some of those that will come down. Gross said that 11 large and one small tree would be retained as 10 new trees would be planted in the parking area. Still, Feldmann said that planting the new trees is a “distraction” and that the parking lot should not be built at all.

“It’s wrong,” Feldmann said. “This should remain a residential lot. “We as residents are still not up to speed on why 8 E. Cedar St. is a commercial lot. A parking lot would deprive from our children’s health and safety and will fragment the green belt that holds and enables the residential district.”

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