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Trump seeks more time at Seven Springs

By NEAL RENTZ

The Bedford Planning Board has agreed to a six-month time extension for Donald Trump’s Seven Springs housing project. The extension provides more time for Mr. Trump’s stormwater pollution prevention plan, steep slopes report and other conditions requested by the planning board.

The board voted unanimously on Aug. 20 for the time extension for the conditional preliminary subdivision plat approval, which had been set to expire earlier in the month. As a result of the board’s unanimous decision, the extension will run through Feb. 12, 2012.

Mr. Trump is seeking to construct homes on his 213-acre property located in Bedford and New Castle.

After pulling the plug on the previous plan for a golf course in 2004, Mr. Trump announced plans to develop 15 multimillion-dollar homes, and renovate two existing residences on the property, including the Meyer Mansion, the Georgian-style, 38,000-square-foot former home of Agnes and Eugene Meyer, the late publisher of The Washington Post. There is also a Tudor-style mansion called Nonesuch on the site, formerly home to the H.J. Heinz family that made its fortune from its iconic ketchup and other foods. Both mansions were built in 1919.

In his recent letter to the planning board, Charles Martabano, an attorney representing Mr. Trump, stated that his client “has been diligently working to” address conditions included in the planning board’s conditional approval, but needed an extension to meet the requirements.

Mr. Trump previously scrapped a proposal for an equestrian center planned on the Reynolds property because of insufficient space on that lot.

At the Aug. 20 meeting, Mr. Martabano and planning board members discussed the board’s conditions. The board and the attorney were mainly in agreement in requests Mr. Martabano made in his letter.

Mr. Martabano said though much progress had been made meeting the board’s requirements for a stormwater pollution prevention plan, it had not been completed. Mr. Martabano stated in his letter that the remaining issues regarding the stormwater plan would be addressed over the next several weeks. “We’re pretty much at the end of the process,” he said.

Mr. Martabano said the conditions in the original approval related to the use of an equestrian facility be taken out because the facility is no longer being proposed, and the planning board agreed.

Mr. Martabano said his client would continue to agree to several of the planning board’s conditions, including submitting a steep slopes report; not bringing to the site or taking off the site fill unless approved by the board; and no more than five acres would be disturbed at any one time.

On the condition regarding a plan to protect the watershed of Byram Lake, planning board member Deirdre Courtney-Batson asked if Mr. Trump’s representatives had discussed the matter with officials from Mount Kisco, where the lake is located. Mr. Martabano said his client was willing to provide a letter from Mount Kisco officials and Mayor Michael Cindrich, expressing their support for the plan to protect the watershed.

One of the main changes Mr. Martabano sought in the planning board’s conditions was the initial requirement stating the development’s home owners association would need to own and operate snow removal equipment such as chain saws be removed. Because Mr. Trump is no longer seeking an equestrian facility he has decided to hire an independent contractor to remove snow. The board agreed to Mr. Martabano’s request.

Mr. Martabano said the Bedford Zoning Board of Appeals has provided variances for the proposed yard requirements.

Though Mr. Trump received a six-month extension, Mr. Martabano said his client could meet the conditions earlier. “We believe we’ll be done in 60 days,” Mr. Martabano told the planning board.


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