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Release Date: April 26, 2012

Free tree seedling if you stop by at TOWN HALL FRIDAY
Friday, April 27, 2012 is recognized as Arbor Day in the Town of Greenburgh. While the Town held its Arbor Day observance at the Greenburgh Nature Center this past Sunday, visitors to Town Hall during the remainder of this week are encouraged to visit the Town Forestry Officer, Aaron Schmidt, at his office in the Department of Community Development and Conservation, on the 2nd floor of Town Hall. Feel free to ask questions, pick up educational materials, and take a free tree seedling home with you to plant with your children or grandchildren (while supplies last). For more information, please contact Mr. Schmidt directly at 993-1511 or at aschmidt@greenburgnny.com.
The Town of Greenburgh owns 6.89 acres of land that had previously been owned by Frank’s Nursery.  Frank’s Nursery filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and did not pay taxes. The town took over the property.  Last year we issued a request for proposals to redevelop the property.  We put up a sign encouraging people and businesses to submit options to the town.  We received three responses from applicant - two responses were to buy the property outright and a third response was to demolish and construct an indoor sports dome on the property through a fifteen year ground lease.  Game On’s proposal was the preferred option.  The proposal includes a 15,000 sf clubhouse attached to a 94,000 sf air structure with an outdoor soccer field at the rear of the site. The air structure will have 4 turf playing fields and two hard court surfaces.  The town will receive substantial revenue from the lease.
The proposed building systems will be constructed in a “temporary” manner to satisfy the Town’s fifteen year ground lease in which the air structure is quickly and easily removable and recyclable and the front clubhouse building will be constructed in such a way that can easily be added to and/or adapted by the Town, as its steel frame and curtain wall skin are also flexible in design.  Game On’s proposal for 715 Dobbs Ferry Road leaves substantial open space on the property and in addition to the natural buffers including trees, shrubs and landscaping, Game On will maintain an expansive open grass area on the rear of the property. 

A representative of Game On will be at a very informal meeting that I have scheduled for Tuesday evening, May 1st at 8 PM at Greenburgh Town Hall.  If you have any questions about the application you are invited to attend the meeting.  This won’t be a formal meeting.  This is an opportunity to interact with a representative on a one-on-one basis and to have your questions answered if possible.
The Town Board has not finalized any contract. Before any contract is voted on it will be posted on the website and there will be opportunities for the public to comment. An anonymous letter was sent to residents containing inaccurate information about the proposal. The goal of this meeting is to provide a representative of Game On with the chance to explain the proposal.

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