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FASNY Public Hearing Set For Wednesday Night

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The second part of the public hearing on the environmental impact of the proposed French-American School of New York's new White Plains campus begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at White Plains City Hall.

The first public hearing Sept. 20 drew hundreds of residents, including more than 80 who signed up to comment. More are expected Wednesday.

Gedney Association President Terence Guerriere spoke briefly at the first public hearing, and said his group's members will make the bulk of their comments Wednesday.

The school 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 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 t he 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.

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