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Marriott in Tuckahoe to Proceed with Construction; Concerns about Contamination Linger for Bronxville Residents PDF Print Email

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By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter


Oct. 18, 2017:  As construction proceeds on the Marriott Springhill Suites hotel in Tuckahoe, questions remain for Bronxville residents about how the migration of soil and groundwater contamination on the site could affect the village. The hotel, at 109-125 Marbledale Road, will sit atop the former Tuckahoe marble quarry, which ceased operations in 1930. Beginning in the 1950s, the pit was used as a commercial landfill and dump.

The $31 million, 91,000-square-foot hotel will contain 163 rooms, include a 6,400 square-foot restaurant, and provide 208 parking spaces. Remedial excavation and testing of the site was completed in early spring of 2017 and drilling work for the two hundred pilings, which will support the hotel building, is complete.

David Burke, Tuckahoe village administrator, reported that the full building permit, along with electrical and plumbing permits, were issued the week of October 9. Framing the hotel building will most likely begin when concrete work is completed. Burke projects a fall 2018 opening for the hotel.

To educate and inform the community about ongoing concerns arising from the contaminated site in Tuckahoe, the organization Greater Bronxville Indivisible sponsored a presentation by Donald J. Hughes, PhD, on October 14 at the Bronxville Public Library. An educator, chemist, environmental engineer, and principal of Hughes Environmental Consulting Services in Syracuse, New York, Hughes has thoroughly assessed the known environmental hazards of the former quarry site and offered extensive public testimony on its known contaminants and risks.

Known contaminants at the location, per Hughes, include ash and other burned debris from the Eastchester municipal incinerator, Freon from Revlon, and pharmaceuticals and manufacturing byproducts from Burroughs-Wellcome. He also stated that the Village of Bronxville dumped waste at the site.

Although remedial cleanup work on the site is complete, Hughes emphasized that the very general term "cleanup" does not necessarily mean that the site has been cleaned up. "Remedial cleanup means anything that is done to help fix the site," he said. "It doesn't necessarily mean addressing the contamination." He added that fencing off a site and telling people to stay away is considered remedial cleanup.

"Although the quarry was largely ignored for more than fifty years, there are some very dangerous contaminants there," Hughes said.

He reported that very high levels of soil vapors, particularly from perchloroethylene (PCE), a chlorinated solvent, and trichloroethylene (TCE), a solvent used to degrease metal parts and in the manufacture of other chemicals, were found in the former quarry area. These volatile organic compounds vaporize quickly into the air, he said.

PCE and TCE, as well as metals, hydrocarbons, and vinyl chloride, have contaminated two aquifers, a shallow one and one at bedrock level, in the quarry area, Hughes noted. He explained that contaminated groundwater can get into sewer lines and that the substances have possibly been moving very rapidly with the groundwater since the 1950s.

Bronxville resident Betsy Harding pointed out that that the groundwater flow from Marbledale Road proceeds in a general southwesterly direction through the Midland Valley and through Bronxville to the Bronx River. "The only testing I know of is the very limited testing."

Next steps recommended for Bronxville are to identify sources and levels of vapor and water contamination and determine if sewers and underground utilities serve as conduits for volatile organic compounds.

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#1 Betsy Harding DATE_FORMAT_LC1
The limited testing I referred to is a study of soil vapors done for the Bronxville School that is posted on the School website. Dr. Hughes pointed out in his talk, "What Bronxville Needs to Know About Toxic Waste Sites in Tuckahoe," that there are two sites being monitored by the DEC on Marbledale Road. One is the hotel site; the other is a "P" site made up of the rest of the contaminated quarries. Bronxville residents should write to Commissioner Basil Seggos, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1011 to ask that Bronxville residents be kept informed on testing results at the P site and the hotel site.Results of groundwater testing to be done soon at the P site will be particularly important for Bronxville residents.
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Real Estate Directory

Bronxville Overview

Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a 400-bed acute care hospital (New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

Mortgage Information

Bankrate.com
www.Bankrate.com is a leading aggregator of financial rate information on the web. According to their website, Bankrate surveys “approximately 4,800 financial institutions in 50 states in order to provide clear, objective and unbiased rates to consumers.”

Bankrate.com, provides mortgage rate information along with rate information on “more than 300 financial productions”


The Federal Reserve Board
The Federal Reserve offers good advice on how to shop for a mortgage. Click on this link to read “Looking for the Best Mortgage.”
http://www.federalreserve.gov/consumerinfo/fivetips_mortgageshop.htm

Real Estate Companies

Bronxville Real Estate
171/2 Park Place Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-1234
www.bronxvillerealestate.com


Century 21 Deed Real Estate
120 Kraft Avenue Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-0400
www.c21deed.com


Coldwell Banker Carlson
105 Pondfield Road Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3141
www.coldwellbankercarlson.com


Houlihan Lawrence
4 Valley Road Bronxville, New York 10708 and 89 Pondfield Road Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-0400,914-337-5400
www.houlihanlawrence.com


Houlihan & O'Malley
133 Parkway Road Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-7888

www.houlihanomalley.com


Julia B Fee Sotheby's International Realty
2 Park Place
Bronxville, NY 10708
914-620-8682

http://www.juliabfee.com


Lydia Maria Real Estate
120 Pondfield Road Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-1720
www.lydiamaria.com


Miller Real Estate
89 Pondfield Road Bronxville, New York
914-395-0270

Real Estate - Attorneys

Bertine, Hufnagel, Headley, Zeltner, Drummond & Dohn LLP

Established in 1929, Bertine, Hufnagel is "a general practice law firm, offering clients expertise in both individual and commercial matters." Their broad range of services include the following: Wills, Estate
Planning and Taxation, Probate and Estate Administration, Elder Law, Real Estate (commercial, residential, condominiums and cooperatives), Commercial Law and Transactions, Litigation and Banking Law.

700 White Plains Road
Suite 237
Scarsdale, New York 10583
(914) 472 7700
(914) 472 1946 (fax)
www.bertinehufnagel.com


Suzanne M. Bloomer
Wills, Trusts, Estates and Real Estate

85 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-0142
smbloomerattorney@msn.com


Bosworth, Gray & Fuller
Wills and Probate, Real Estate, Media Law, General Litigation

J. Rockhill Gray
David Otis Fuller, Jr.
116 Kraft Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708
(Tel) 914-337-3626
(Fax) 914-337-3630
dofjr@aol.com
www.bosworthgrayandfuller.com


George R. Mayer, Esq.
65 Pondfield Road #6 Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3033 (tel)
914-337-1038 (fax)
www.bronxvillelaw.com
grmayer38@aol.com


Griffin, Coogan, Sulzer & Horgan, P.C.

Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Located in Bronxville, New York, Griffin, Coogan, Sulzer & Horgan, P.C. takes great pride in providing our clients with comprehensive, high quality legal services in a responsive manner. The firm concentrates its practice in real estate law with a primary focus on issues relating to real estate tax litigation (also known as tax certiorari), real estate transactions, valuation law, real property taxation and tax planning and real property tax exemption matters throughout New York State.

The firm serves as general counsel for several local cooperatives and represents clients in various issues relating to wills, trusts and estate planning.

51 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
(914) 961-1300
info@gcshlaw.com

www.gcshlaw.com


Kim O'Toole, Esq.
80 Sagamore Road
914-961-6175 (tel)
914-337-3292 (fax)
kotlaw@verizon.net


Mary Anne O'Callahan, Esq.
32 Gramatan Court Bronxville, New York 10708
914-779-3558 (tel)
914-779-5182 (fax)
maocallahan@verizon.net


Nobile, Magarian & DiSalvo

We are hardworking and dedicated attorneys who, combined, have more than 150 years of experience delivering quality legal advice. Our cutting edge is our ability to enter both the conference room and the courtroom with strength. Our law firm provides legal representation and counsel for both individual and business clients on issues related to estate planning and administration, real estate law, litigation, and business law.  Our practice areas include: Commercial Litigation, Business Law, Real Estate, Wills, Estate Planning, Trusts, Estate Administration, Living Wills, Health Care Proxies, Powers of Attorney, Not For Profits, and Employment Law.

111 Kraft Avenue

Bronxville, NY 10708

914-337-6300

http://www.nmdlaw.com/


Veneruso, Curto, Schwartz & Curto, LLP

Veneruso, Curto, Schwartz & Curto is dedicated to providing businesses and individuals with exceptional legal services customized to each client's needs and objectives.  Practice areas include litigation, real estate, not for profit, wills and estate planning, land use and zoning, business and corporate, cooperative and condominium and real estate tax assessment litigation.

The Hudson Valley Bank Building

35 East Grassy Sprain Road, Suite 400

Yonkers, New York 10710

914-779-1100

http://www.vcsclaw.com/


 

Peter W. Williamson, Esq.
141 Parkway Road
914-337-3434 (tel)
914-337-3392 (fax)
pwwilliamson@verizon.net

Real Estate - Insurance Agents

Leslie Homer
71 North Avenue New Rochelle, New York 10801
914-632-8989
www.homerinsurance.com
lhomer@homerinsurance.com


John L. Vorbach Company, Inc. Insurance Brokers
Manhattan Media & Technology Center
65 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, New York 10006
212-294-4900 x 112
cvorbach@vorbach.com
www.vorbach.com


Linda Graef Jones, Private Client Sales Executive
Personal Risk Management Solutions
Focuses solely on personal insurance and
provides unique, customized solutions that save
money and time and create peace of mind.

6 East 43rd Street
New York, New York 10017
914-645-3951
JonesL@thePRMSpromise.com

www.theprmspromise.com


Palmer-Tanno Agency, Inc.
Independent Insurance Agents since 1948

Greg Tanno
141 Parkway Road, Suite #11
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-793-6603
palmertanno@aol.com


Ranieri Insurance Agency
Auto, Home, Business & Life
Over 50 Years' Experience

Paul D. Ranieri, CPCU
457 Palmer Road
Yonkers, NY
914-376-2560
dcranieri@aol.com


Rollins
Insurance and Risk Management Solutions
Since 1910
65 Main Street
Tuckahoe, New York 10707

914-337-1833
info@rollinsinsurance.com
www.rollinsinsurance.com

Home Improvement Directory

Decorators and Interior Design

Dunn & Tighe Interiors

25 Sycamore Street
Bronxville, NY 10708
914-337-4509
www.dunnandtigheinteriors.com


Edwin Gemes, Ltd.

Bronxville
914-779-7580
edwingemes@verizon.net


Madeline Eckett Oden Interiors

61 Beechmont Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-779-3935
eckettoden@aol.com


Jane Mitchell

9 The Byway
914-337-1216


Samuel Botero Associates, Inc.

215 East 58th Street
Suite 6B
New York, New York 10022
212-935-5155
www.botero.com


Sandra Steele Schneider Interiors

70 Burkewood Road
Mount Vernon, New York 10552
914-668-4468
sssinteriors@verizon.net


Serendipity Interior Design, LLC

Catherine Wyner
203-846-0809 or 203-637-9266


Shannon Interiors LTD.

Kelly Shannon Jelensperger, President
81 Pondfield Road #344
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-793-1629 (O)
914-953-7584 (C)
914-793-2195 (F)
shannoninteriors@aol.com


Design Professionals

Architects


Dean Davis

2 Park Place
Bronxville, New York
914-961-5953


Michael Davis

435 Hudson Street, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10014
212-645-6066
info@michaeldavisarchitects.com
www.michaeldavisarchitects.com


Charles Hilton

Hilton Vanderhorn Associates
31 East Elm Street
Greenwich, Ct. 06830
203-862-9011 (tel) 203-862-9196 (fax)
ch@hilton-vanderhorn.com
www.hilton-vanderhorn.com


Scott Koniecko Architects

80 8th Avenue
Suite 1600
New York, New York 10011
212-620-3924 (tel)
212-620-7640 (fax)
skoniecko@aol.com


Maggie Marrone Architects

914-771-6750
Mgmaia5@aol.com


Peter Pennoyer Architects

432 Park Avenue South, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10016
212-779-9765
peter@ppapc.com
www.ppapc.com


Radoslav Opacic Architects

24 N. Astor
Irvington, New York 10533
914-591-4306 (tel)914-591-4308 (fax)
info@opacicarchitects.com
www.opacicarchitects.com


Landscape Architects


Renee Byers, Landscape Architect P.C.

10 Avon Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3103
rb@reneebyers.com
www.reneebyers.com


Engineers


Civil Engineer
Brett Auerhahn P.E.
914-961-2242


Home Maintenance & Improvement

Chimney Sweep


Egan Chimney Sweeps

845-628-8515


Electric


Keating Electric & Technologies

115 Wall Street
Valhalla, New York 10595
914-747-9294
www.keatingelectric.com


Lippolis Electric

445 5th Avenue
Pelham, New York 10803
914-738-3550


James A. Stone

96 Congress Street
Harrison, New York 10528
914-835-0447


White Electric, Inc.

128 Fulton Street
White Plains, New York
914-946-5566
www.whiteelectric.com


Fruit Delivery


Hutchinson Farm

833 Post Road
Scarsdale, New York 10583
914-723-7603


General Contractors

Vincent Franco
R-Men Contracting
179 Summerfield Street
Scarsdale, New York 10583
914-472-7007 (tel) 914-472-0451 (fax)
Vincent.franco@rmencontracting.com


Arthur Lange Inc.

841 Tuckahoe Road
P.O. Box 993
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-4422 (tel) 914-395-0471 (fax)
www.arthurlangeinc.com


Heating & Cooling


Absolute Comfort & Temperature Control Inc.

Mr. Paul Gomprecht, President
914-761-0529
Absolutecomfort1@aol.com
www.Absolutecomfortcontrol.com


Richards Conditioning Corp.

70 Marbledale Road
Tuckahoe, New York 10707
914-337-0300


Besson Oil Inc.

140 Marbledale Road
Tuckahoe, New York 10707
914-779-0008


Iron Work


Debra Coddington

Arrowsmith Forge
3788 Rte 44
Millbrook, New York
845-677-5687
www.arrowsmithforge.com


Locksmith


LMC Safe, Lock & Key

Luigi M. Cattzia II
914-241-1583


Milkman


Direct Dairy

POB 201
White Plains, New York 10603
914-328-7827


Painters


All Colors Painting Co.

69 Delaware Road
Yonkers, New York 10710
(Johnnie & Joey)
914-964-9148


Mateus Neto Painting Co.

95 Chase Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10703
914-965-9561


Pick up and take away


Robert Rabsey
914-954-4366


Technical Help


Computer, Network & Internet Services

Gerry McLoughlin
914-337-7084
www.GerryMcL.com
Computer Tutor @ PCI
914-337-1700
www.computertutorpci.com


Geeks on Wheels

Dylan Hall
Harrison, New York
914-562-1800
info@geekysolutions.net
www.geeks-on-wheels.net


The Computer Nerds, Inc.

PO Box 31
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-779-7952
info@thecomputernerdsinc.com
www.thecomputernerdsinc.com


TV & Steroes


AV Design

130 East Main Street
Elmsford, New York 10523
914-345-2977


Landscape Design & Maintenance

Design


Maureen Hackett

Hackett Landscape Design Inc.
212-768-4242 and 917-494-8084


Renee Byers, Landscape Architech P.C.

10 Avon Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3103
rb@reneebyers.com
www.reneebyers.com


Maintenance


Frank Bulfamonte & Sons, Inc.

914-235-1835
26 Circuit Road
New Rochelle, New York 10805
914-235-1835


Land Productions Inc.

360 Adams Street
Bedford Hills, New York
914-666-8214


Lieb's Nursery & Garden Center

1 Askins Place
New Rochelle, New York 10801
914-632-5599


Florists


Tryforos and Pernice

73 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York
914-337-2525


Plants & Nurseries

Lieb's Nursery & Garden Center
1 Askins Place
New Rochelle, New York 10801
914-632-5599


Rosedale Nurseries

51 Saw Mill River Road, Route 9A
Hawthorne, New York 10532-1598
914-769-1300
info@rosedalenurseries.com
www.rosedalenurseries.com


Sprainbrook Nursery, Inc.

448 Underhill Road
Scarsdale, New York 10583
914-723-2382
www.sprainbrook.com


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