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Two Weeks Left To Comment On Mount Vernon West Development Proposal

The proposal would see a complete overhaul to Mount Vernon West, near the Metro-North station.
The proposal would see a complete overhaul to Mount Vernon West, near the Metro-North station. Photo Credit: Mount Vernon West Rezoning Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Time is running out for city residents to review and submit comments about the proposed transit-oriented longterm vision for Mount Vernon West.

Last week, city officials made the Mount Vernon West Rezoning Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) available for public review. Residents will now have until Wednesday, Jan. 27 to submit comments to City Hall.

The document outlines and evaluates “potential impacts associated with the adoption of amendments to the Mount Vernon Zoning code to create the Mount Vernon West form-based zoning district.”

Amendments to zoning code may be necessary, as officials envision a viable longterm plan to revitalize the city with a transit-oriented development, centered around the Mount Vernon West Metro-North Station. The proposal calls for more than 3,000 new residential units and more than 250,0000-square-feet of retail space.

Among the city officials’ stated goals include positioning Mount Vernon West as a concentrated investment area, strengthening the Mount Vernon Avenue gateway into Yonkers and exploring high-density options through re-zoning and the assembly of vacant buildings and underutilized sites.

“A defining, and perhaps the most important feature for the future success of the area, is the Mount Vernon West Metro-North train station,” the DGEIS states. “The proposed zoning incorporates the principles of both transit oriented development and form-based zoning into a new zoning district designed to precisely meet the city’s goals for the area.”

The entire DGEIS can be read here . Comments can be sent to City Clerk George Brown at gwbrown@cmvny.com.

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