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Letter to the Editor: Bill Gaston on Community Opposition to Marbledale Road Hotel PDF Print Email


To the Editor: 


Aug. 17, 2016:  With ground set to break on the Marbledale Road hotel in Tuckahoe, growing community opposition to the project is forcing local public officials to take a closer look at its significant ecological and public health consequences. 

And not a moment too soon.

Despite clear evidence from the state environmental agency showing the presence of highly toxic chemicals at the site of the old marble quarry, on top of which the hotel would be constructed, Tuckahoe public officials have been dragging their feet and failing to take steps that would address the well-founded concerns of the community. 

Spearheading the opposition has been the Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition, a community-based group that has mobilized its members through rallies, petitions, and grassroots organizing to heighten public awareness and to demand thorough and comprehensive site testing before any digging begins.

As I wrote in this space nearly four months ago, Bronxville residents have a compelling interest in the concerns of our neighbors in Tuckahoe. Our well-founded fears about the likely effects on air, water, and property values from the toxic soil vapors and contaminated dust and groundwater that would result from construction of this hotel have not been adequately addressed, nor have public officials been straightforward or transparent about the consequences should residents be exposed to some of these contaminants. 

Before digging goes forward, we should all insist that the Village of Tuckahoe properly and systematically evaluate the risk to the community of this project, which to date it has failed to do. As I wrote back in April, clean up first and develop later.

Bill Gaston
Bronxville, NY

Editor's note:  MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements in letters to the editor, and the opinions do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. Its objective in publishing letters to the editor is to give air to diverse thoughts and opinions of residents in the community. 

Pictured here:  Demonstrators marching against the proposed hotel plans on Marbledale Road.

Photo by N. Bower

 

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