We were recently shocked to learn that:
- FASNY's FEIS includes the option of erasing our end of Hathaway Lane;
- That our street would then feed into a very long new FASNY entrance road via a new stretch of asphalt;
- That this very long multi-lane entrance road would be asphalted through the wettest part of the supposed "Nature Conservancy" across Hathaway from us, carrying the massive daily bus and car traffic of 1200 students and 250 staff;
- According to a letter recently sent out publicly by FASNY, "More than a dozen meetings were held with the City's technical staff.... The City staff recommended to the Council about a month ago that the FEIS is legally complete and ready for public distribution."
- Meanwhile, the Gedney Board was told by the city's lawyer that no meetings could be held between city officials connected with DFEIS review and Gedney;
- Following almost no notice, the public now has less than a week to submit written comments before your vote on completeness abruptly announced for Sept 16.
Why must the city's lawyer rule on whether White Plains citizens will be allowed to meet with city officials who have been busy having more than a dozen meetings with FASNY? Is the City acting in concert with the project developer? This is OUR city government, isn't it, not FASNY's?
Both the proposed Bryant entrance and the North Street one would involve covering sensitive open space with asphalt - that is, impervious surfaces atop wet land. Yet there has never been any environmental study of the proposed very long new roads. How on earth can the FEIS be considered "legally complete" with no environmental impact study of the effects of run-off of automotive chemicals from the proposed new roads into the surrounding so-called "Nature Conservancy?"
And how on earth are these two new proposed entrances supposed to reduce traffic into the campus by the 50% claimed in the FASNY letter? There is no way FASNY can enforce a rule that students must take the bus. How does FASNY intend to prevent parents driving their children whenever they want to? Give them detention?
And wherever motor vehicles enter the complex, by whatever entrance/s, it's the same number of cars and buses coming into our neighborhood, creating massive problems for White Plains High School, the YWCA, and everyone who lives or works around the periphery of the property. This gigantic complex of seven buildings and 1200 students is just too large for this area!
Coming out of Hathaway Lane onto Bryant during regular morning traffic or at the end of the White Plains High School day is always difficult and feels dangerous every time we do it. How on earth will it improve traffic to feed Hathaway into the entrance to FASNY? That would make it completely impossible for anyone to move out of Hathaway onto Bryant. The confluence of WPHS traffic with FASNY's 1200 students' traffic will create a nightmare of a bottleneck. Yet this is a "legally complete" FEIS?
Likewise, the North Street access plan would change the character of the area near the high school and wreak havoc on traffic going to/from the White Plains High School, which is already at a serious level of congestion. The needs of White Plains public high school students - residents of our city - must be considered ahead of the needs of private school students coming into our city from all over Westchester.
Sincerely,Anne Bobroff-Hajal, Ph. D.Fady Hajal, M. D.5 Hathaway LaneWP NY