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City Adds Third Public Hearing on FASNY plan

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The city has scheduled a third public hearing for Tuesday on the environmental impact of the proposed French-American School of New York (FASNY) campus in White Plains.

Approximately 100 people signed up to comment during the two public hearings held Sept. 19 and Oct. 17 . However, the Common Council could not hear everyone. To give those who have not spoken an opportunity, it scheduled an additional public hearing, said John Callahan, chief of staff for the Mayor’s Office. FASNY bought the former Ridgeway Golf Club in January 2011, then applied for a special permit from the city to operate a school, which the area is not zoned for currently. If approved, FASNY would begin a 10-year construction project for its new 45-acre campus, expected to cost $60 million to $80 million. The school has said the remaining 84 acres would become a “Green to Green Conservancy” that would have a permanent easement. FASNY would maintain the site, which would include trails open to the public 365 days a year.

Members of the Gedney neighborhood association have argued that FASNY’s proposal to enroll 1,200 students in the three-school, 45-acre campus on the 129-acre former golf course site would exacerbate traffic, overburden the sewage system and ruin the character of the neighborhood.

The written comment period, scheduled to end Oct. 29 , has been extended to Nov. 9 as a result of the additional public hearing, said Karen Pasquale, of the Mayor's Office.

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