This Thursday @ 6:30 pm: Shelbourne visits Greenville Fire District. Come and be part of the land use discussion with our local government.
Shelbourne is joining the Greenville Fire District meeting this Thursday at 6:30 pm to discuss the Sprain Brook Nursery project.
Shelbourne is the developer of the proposed assisted living facility project on the Sprainbrook Nursery site. The Greenville Fire District board consists only of Edgemont residents. This meeting, to potentially discuss an important land use matter, may be a good preview of what Edgemont will get as a village. Come listen and be part of our local government.
The Shelbourne project requires a 3000% variance and will substantially increase emergency traffic in residential areas within Edgemont. Edgemont residents are concerned not only with the cost and the public disturbance, but also the Town's disregard for the law and the precedent for haphazard zoning that this project would set.
Evidence that the Town lacks evidence to their claims
Our Greenville Fire District, which would bear the most public service and cost impact of this project, recently sent a letter to the Town Zoning Board requesting that the Town mandate an independent study (click here for the letter) on the matter before any decision is made. In that letter, the District pointed out the Town's misunderstanding of how the District provides emergency services and misassumptions about the project itself.
When the Town mishandles data and analysis this poorly, it's difficult to believe any quantitative statements they make about Edgemont (click here for statements on the effects of incorporation), or that the Town is protecting Edgemont's long-term interests. Shelbourne is a representative example of the Town’s disregard for its own land use laws.
Evidence that the Town can't abide by the law
Unfortunately, the Town recently lost a court ruling seeking to dismiss the most recent lawsuit Shelbourne filed over such a study (click here for the obtained ruling). So now it looks like no study will be done at all. The Town reversed its position on the study for all of the wrong reasons, despite our telling them so both before and after their action (click here for the email chain).
Please attend this week's public meeting. Listen to Shelbourne present their case directly to the Commissioners; hear how our elected officials respond; and ask questions of your own.
The more residents that show up and are heard, the more likely the process works properly. This project has important quality-of-life and precedent-setting consequences and deserves Edgemont's full attention.
Greenville Fire District (711 Central Park Avenue) is located across Central Ave from Ben's Deli, and the meeting is in the back of the building at the downstairs entrance.