Union Place Update

We have received the following information regarding Carmada's recent efforts to revive Union Place from former Town Supervisor Frank Del Campo. While he is not affiliated with the Carmel Democratic Committee, we share his concerns about responsible development and encourage you to attend the March 6th meeting to learn more about this important issue.           

 

 Dear  Neighbors and Friends,

         I have been asked by many of my supporters who  gave me an opportunity to serve them as Supervisor  of the Town of Carmel from 1996-2003, to monitor closely the efforts of developer Paul Camarda to develop the 300+ acres the applicant designates as Baldwin Hills Realty,LLC(properties include, 75.19.1.2, 86.10-1-2+3, 86.11-1-4, 86.11-1-1, 86.14-1-7). These properties are adjacent to the Mahopac Farm along Route 6 and Baldwin Place Road and the length of Route 6 along the back ending at the Mahopac Post office on Route 6. During my tenure as Supervisor, I worked with the Town Board with many critical stakeholders to revise the existing Master Plan at that time.  The revision reviewed all the remaining un-developed  properties in the Town to make sure they were zoned appropriately  moving forward into  the new millennium.  The review included areas where water supply and septic issues were prevalent and , equally important, the  effect of further development on traffic flow. The revision took nearly three years to complete from 1999-2003.

 

        I have been asked by many of my supporters who  gave me an opportunity to serve them as Supervisor  of the Town of Carmel from 1996-2003, to monitor closely the efforts of developer Paul Camarda to develop the 300+ acres the applicant designates as Baldwin Hills Realty,LLC(properties include, 75.19.1.2, 86.10-1-2+3, 86.11-1-4, 86.11-1-1, 86.14-1-7). These properties are adjacent to the Mahopac Farm along Route 6 and Baldwin Place Road and the length of Route 6 along the back ending at the Mahopac Post office on Route 6. During my tenure as Supervisor, I worked with the Town Board with many critical stakeholders to revise the existing Master Plan at that time.  The revision reviewed all the remaining un-developed  properties in the Town to make sure they were zoned appropriately  moving forward into  the new millennium.  The review included areas where water supply and septic issues were prevalent and , equally important, the  effect of further development on traffic flow. The revision took nearly three years to complete from 1999-2003.

 

        The reason I mention this revision of the Master Plan is that because of the many water shortages in Lake Baldwin over the years and the developing septic issues, particularly since the development of so many adjacent properties by the Town of Somers. The properties of Rolling Green, located   behind these properties along Baldwin Place Road have had similar water and sewer issues.  Also included is the rapidly increasing traffic issues along Route 6 and Baldwin Place Road . The State Department of Transportation has indicated to me on several occasions that they have no intention of widening Route 6 now or in the near future.  In this revised Master Plan the Board unanimously voted to make the properties now owned by Mr. Camarda a Commercial Business Park zone.  Because of the water, sewer, and traffic issues in this area any residential development would be devastating to the surrounding properties.

       I inform you of this development because since 2010, Mr. Camarda has been cleverly moving his application through the Planning and Zoning Boards in a piece-meal fashion to his stated goal of  building “non-age restricted multi-family housing” of possibly 150-200 units in the back of his property, beyond the newly constructed Putnam Savings Bank on Route 6. He has also stated his intention to ask the Town Board to reverse their decision in 2003 and allow non-age restricted housing (multi-family) on these properties knowing there is no municipal water or sewer plant.  Any residential development on these properties would most definitely negatively impact the water supply and septic discharge in the entire surrounding properties of Lake Baldwin and Rolling Greens.

       Mr. Camarda has clearly indicated in his subdivision application and other correspondence from his planners and engineering firm his intention to create a project called “Union Place” on these properties , which would include a mix of commercial and non-age restricted residential housing or multi-family.  He has also stated his intention to seek a zoning change from the Town Board to complete his goals within the Union Place Project. He has currently received approval for two commercial lots on the entrance of his property opposite McDonald’s on Route 6. He has also received a variance from the  Zoning Board to reduce the area of these two lots to allow for a lot line adjustment that would move him away from the new Putnam Savings Bank site to complete a road to the back of his property,  that  contains 200+  of further acres for his desired  “transitional housing”  for sale or possibly rental.

       I have managed to secure the Community Room at the Mahopac Public Library on Route 6 for March 6 at 7:P.M.  There seems to be much confusion regarding the goals of the developer for these properties since he has maneuvered his application process to avoid showing the full intent of his project for multi-family residential development on these properties.  I intend to bring you fully up to date on the status of the project at this meeting.  It is important for all of us to be vigilant regarding Mr. Camarda’s stated goals for these properties.  You would agree that if he gets what he wants from the Town Board and should multi-family residential housing be allowed on this commercial zoned  properties, it would dramatically impact negatively all  surrounding properties as it relates particularly to our water supply, sewer discharge and traffic congestion.

 

       Some have hinted that Camarda could possibly sell off these properties once he gets a zoning change to another outside developer, similarly to what he did  with his multi-family housing in Carmel off Stonleigh Avenue and Routes 6.  The residents of that area   have not forgiven him for the way he left that property.

     Please make every effort to come, as this is no time to remain indifferent or uninterested .I need your help to preserve your life-time investment  in your home.  We cannot allow special interest to win over the people’s interest.  This issue is not a “not in my backyard decision”  because if the developer gets his way  in this case  the same can occur anywhere on  undeveloped property  throughout  the Town. Please come on March 6, at 7:P.M. at the third floor of Mahopac Library.

Sincerely yours,

Frank J. Del Campo  

 

 

 

                                                                                        

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