Legal Challenge to 19 Livingston

Help save one of the last open river views in Dobbs Ferry! COME TO THE HEARING ON MAY 14 AT VILLAGE HALL, 8PM! The developers of 19 Livingston Avenue want to cram two mammoth 3.5-story buildings -- 45 feet high x 141 feet wide, comprising over 37,200 square feet with 12 three-bedroom condos -- onto a small 1.29 acre site where Rudy's Beau Rivage once sat. They want to eviscerate the views of the sunset and Hudson River. The intersection at Livingston Ave and Broadway is the gateway to Dobbs Ferry and Main Street. Hundreds of people walk by daily and enjoy the open views. Help me preserve it!

I have personally spent thousands in legal representation to date, which has proved to be immensely valuable in pointing out legal flaws in the developers' case before the Zoning Board of Appeals, a quasi judicial board. I need your help to finish the fight! At this point I am looking to raise $3,000 to contribute toward the cost of the Zoning Board of Appeals process and if necessary the appeal to State court, with the goal to simply require the developer to comply with the Zoning Code and the Vision Plan.

Dozens of Dobbs Ferry residents have voiced their serious dismay about the proposed development, which follows a long line of examples of over-development in Dobbs Ferry (just one example of which is the Planning Board requiring Walgreens to add a second level to their proposed plan). I'm the only one who has mounted a legal challenge to the Livingston developers; otherwise they would have faced no opposition at their last hearing on March 12. Perhaps that is because the applicant has not notified the residents as required by the Zoning Code, and most residents have no idea what has happened up to now.

Thus far, the Zoning Board members have listened carefully to the arguments of my attorney, but they have allowed the developer a last chance at demonstrating that they can't comply with the Code (the main issue under the Code is whether it is not feasible to comply with the "sky exposure plane" limits pertaining to the height of the buildings in relation to the property line). The hearing was scheduled for April 9th at Village Hall, but the developers failed to show up and did not give our attorney a courtesy call.  Many people showed up in opposition to the development, so let's show that even more will come for the next hearing on MAY 14, 8pm at the Dobbs Ferry Village Hall (enter at door facing the municipal parking lot).  Please come and let your opinion be heard!  The more people we get, the bigger statement will be made.  This story is getting great coverage in The Rivertowns Enterprise.

Any amount you can contribute will help preserve the long-term value of your home and community. See the attached "Before" shot with Rudy's and simulated "After" shot to see how views will be affected. Thank you for your support! Please also write letters in opposition to the development and email them to the Mayor and Building Department at: [email redacted] and [email redacted] and [email redacted] and [email redacted].  Please also sign the petition! Here's the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/dobbs-ferry-boards-and-mayor-preserve-views-at-19-livingston-ave-and-enforce-the-code?lang=en-US
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Anna-Lisa Corrales 
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Dobbs Ferry, NY
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