|In addition to the points provided below, we have also developed Seven Reasons Why There Should be an Environmental Review.||Use our pre-made letter template and just add your name, mail or email.|
Here are some talking points for writing a letter to the Yonkers Planning Board, Mayor Mike Spano and Councilman Anthony Merante. The addresses for these letters are on the right.
- Three sides surrounding the property are residential. UPS distribution centers in both the Bronx and Elmsford are in industrial zones and are eyesores. We do not want a residential area turned into an industrial zone and question whether the current zoning of the property allows such a use to begin with.
- Thousands of gallons of gas and diesel fuel stored in above ground tanks are a tremendous safety concern for the neighborhood. Firefighters would never have the amount of fire retardant on hand to put out a fire if one or both of those tanks were to catch fire/explode.
- On a daily basis, 42 tractor trailer trucks, 250 UPS box trucks and over 500 employee cars will be coming and going from the facility around the clock not to mention the huge fuel delivery trucks to refill the above ground tanks. All of this will result in extremely poor air quality, an overwhelming amount of noise, an increase of traffic congestion on an already busy Tuckahoe Road, cause major headaches for those who live and drive on both East Grassy Sprain Rd. and Mountaindale Rd., and delay fire and police response times.
- Families live on three sides of this property – mothers, fathers, children, grandparents. No one wants to walk out of their home and breathe in gas and diesel fumes and car exhaust. We know that poor air quality deteriorates our health and exacerbates asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
- Families want a restful night sleep and do not want to be awakened at 2:00 am to the sound of car doors slamming, car alarms going off, radios playing and people talking and shouting to each other when employees arrive for work.
- When Hampton Inn hotel was built at the site, green space was taken away to accommodate the hotel parking lot. As part of the approval process for the hotel, Alfred Weissman of Alfred Weissman Real Estate, the property owner, verbally agreed that no more green space would be taken away in the future (see page 56 & 57 of March 11, 2020 Yonkers Planning Board minutes for the exchange between Mr. Larkin and Mr. Weingarten, lawyer for Weissman Real Estate). Furthermore, at a meeting of the Yonkers Real Estate Board on September 23, 2014, in this video, between the 11:00 and 12:00 minute marks, Mr. Weingarten is heard saying “there is a green area that will remain green forever.” Mr. John Larkin, who was the 6th District Councilman at the time that the Hampton Inn was built, clearly recalls this agreement about the green space, but this condition of development is not being honored today.
- Once the green space is gone, we can never get it back!
- Add your own thoughts and ways the facility will impact your own quality of life to your letter.