To the Editor,
As the Eastchester Review has reported, contaminants were found in the proposed Marriott SpringHill Suites site at 109 Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe. These contaminants, along with the anticipated heavy traffic during and after the construction of the hotel, are some of the many concerns of the community regarding this Marriott SpringHill Suites project.
109 Marbledale Road is the site of the Marbledale Quarry Dump, which was used as a municipal and industrial dump for several decades.
The notice on the Village of Tuckahoe website is confusing, because the majority of the community is not familiar with the terminology “conditional negative declaration.”
As we understand it, the “conditional negative declaration” means that the Village of Tuckahoe Planning Board will not require a Full Environmental Impact Study, unless the public submits written requests before Sept. 5, 2015.
The scope and scale of this proposed hotel project is very large.
The proposal is for a five-story, 163-room hotel, which is much larger than anything
in the area.
For the health and welfare of the entire community, it is a logical conclusion to have dedicated and specific information about the impact of this project.
In the community’s best interest, there should be a Full Environmental Impact Study and an independent environmental engineer assigned to the project.
The community needs to have a designated independent environmental engineer who will be engaged to provide objective information and planning for the community.
Whether or not an individual is for or against this hotel project, it is in the public’s best interest to request a Full Environmental Impact Study and to have an independent environmental engineer. It is paramount to make sure that everything is done to protect the safety and welfare of our community.
Since many people are not aware of the deadline of Sept. 5, 2015, or how to submit their request, we would like to offer the following information:
To make a request for a Full Environmental Study/Full Environmental Impact Statement, in reference to the Marriott SpringHill Suites Hotel Project at 109 Marbledale Road, Tuckahoe, N.Y., please write or email The Village of Tuckahoe Planning Board care of the Building Inspector before Sept. 5, 2015.
Further, to make a request for a private environmental engineer, please include that in the correspondence.
The contact information for the request is:
The Chairman of the Village of Tuckahoe Planning Board,
c/o Mr. Bill Williams, Building Inspector
Room 200, 2nd floor,
65 Main Street,
Tuckahoe, N.Y. 10707
Joseph Marinello Jr.