New zoning law knocks 61 units off project
By Jeff Simms
The developer of the proposed Edgewater project on Beacon’s waterfront returned to the City Council on June 25 to share revised plans following the adoption of a law that reduced the number of apartments allowed on the 12-acre site. The new plan, shown at right, includes 246 units, compared to 307 before the zoning change, although there are still seven buildings. full story:
Beacon has sold the site of its former highway garage, a 2.6-acre lot on Creek Drive, to developer Rodney Weber, who plans to build nine residential units along with a 12,000-square-foot “co-working” space.
Weber already owns the adjacent parcel, which has been approved for 46 residential units and is nearly complete. He could have built 10 more units on the parcel, but those will be shifted to the former Department of Public Works site and reduced by one. The two properties will share access, making the land sale, as Council Member George Mansfield called it, a “win-win.”
The Beacon City Council plans to revise zoning codes throughout much of the city but appears split on whether to take a chunk out of the proposed Edgewater development.
A straw poll at its meeting on Monday (March 12) showed the council leaning 4 to 3 in favor of adopting a zoning proposal to use buildable, rather than gross, acreage to determine the density allowed on parcels of 3 or more acres in residential districts.
The proposal would remove steep slopes, floodways and other environmentally sensitive land from the density equation. Because it does not exclude projects under review, some developments being considered by the city could be sent back to the drawing board.
The council will hold a public hearing on April 16 before voting.
The Beacon City Council on Dec. 18 adopted changes to the Fishkill Creek development zone that could limit residential building while encouraging commercial use in the corridor.
The major changes in the zone — which includes eight parcels, five of which have significant capacity — are:
How many Edgewaters can our school district handle? Have you heard of Rolling Hills? It's a proposed development of 440 apartments on 9D (Beacon School district) in Fishkill. Please attend Fishkill Town Board meeting; Wednesday, Dec. 20th 7:00pm at Fishkill Town Hall. Here is a link to the agendas
Follow Friends of Beacon Hills and Glenham's Facebook page to learn more about the ongoing developments that will effect Beacon.
A Little Beacon Blog has a guide to the new buildings and major construction in Beacon. Read More Here
Documents and video from Saturday, December 17th's Zoning Forum at Beahive can be found here : http://beahivebzzz.com/blog/2017/12/citizens-packed-hive-at-beacon-zoning-forum/
Ignoring public outcry, the proposed Edgewater development in Beacon will not have a significant adverse effect on the city’s school district, the Planning Board has decided.
Next up for the 307-unit project is the Zoning Board of Appeals, which must rule on three variances its developer has requested. The board will hold a public hearing on the requests — for the number of stories allowed per building, the number of units per building and the space between buildings — on Tuesday, Dec. 19. read more
Tonight may be the public's last opportunity to weigh in on the proposed Edgewater Development. Unfortunately, this letter from the Beacon City School Board's attorney was not included in the materials. The general public and planning board members should be privvy to this crucial information.