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Letter to the Editor: Bill Gaston on Vote on Marriott Hotel Project in Tuckahoe PDF Print Email


To the Editor: 


Oct. 19, 2016:  On Wednesday night [October 19], the Tuckahoe Planning Board will cast its vote on the Marriott Hotel Project.

If approved by the board, the decision to move ahead promises to set in motion wide-ranging and deleterious public health, economic, and environmental impacts for years to come in Tuckahoe, Eastchester, and Bronxville. 

Let us hope the board listens to common sense and the voices of the surrounding communities and delays, or, better yet, kills this ill-considered project.

At its last public meeting in September, planning board members got an earful from angry residents, scores of them approaching the microphone with well-founded fears of contaminated air and exposure to toxins and their likely effect on health and property values.

One after the other, residents demanded a full environmental impact statement before digging begins on the hotel, which will sit atop a hazardous and contaminated industrial dump site on Marbledale Road. Up to now, the contaminated site has not been thoroughly tested, with only a small percentage of the soil samples tested. 

Incredibly, and irresponsibly, the planning board has suggested it may proceed with the project, even as the communities most affected have been left completely in the dark as to the likely health impacts, and even as the developer has failed to address the remediation or construction activities on the contaminated site. What it should do is go back to the drawing board!

Without a more stringent accounting of the multiple risks of this project, which have not been addressed, it would be the height of irresponsibility for the Tuckahoe Planning Board to "take a flier" on the Marriott Project and proceed full-steam ahead. There are simply too many warning signs for the future well-being of our communities.

Bill Gaston
9 Bolton Gardens
Bronxville, NY  10708 

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