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Letter: Boards took the right stance on Chason project

Boards took the right stance on Chason project

As a former longtime resident of the Elmwood Village, I want to applaud the city’s Zoning and Planning boards for their approvals of the Chason Affinity condo project at Elmwood and Forest avenues. As I still frequently visit the village to see friends and patronize local businesses who overwhelmingly supported this project, I am very excited about the beautiful gateway that Chason will develop upon entering the Elmwood Village.

I also want to applaud Councilmember Joel Feroleto and Mark Chason, both of whom conducted significant community outreach. The result was a project design and concept that were drastically changed based on the input of the local community.

The same vocal opposition to this project and other projects outside of their neighborhoods focuses attention on the distortion that these projects violate the Green Code. The Green Code and, more significantly, New York State law require that variances be permitted if approved by local municipal regulatory boards like the city’s Zoning Board.

The opposition should stop trying to prevent good projects along Elmwood and throughout the city and rather begin being a collaborative partner in the process to make these projects better. That is exactly what occurred on this project.

Ed Whitney


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