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Tuckahoe Prepares For Next Phase Of Marbledale Road Marriott Hotel Proposal

The proposed location for a Marriott on Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
The Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition is arguing that the proposed site of the Marriott in Tuckahoe isn't environmentally safe. Photo Credit: Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition
Many have protested the proposed Marriott hotel site in Tuckahoe. Photo Credit: Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. - With the Tuckahoe Planning Board approving the much-maligned, oft-debated hotel and restaurant proposal on Marbledale Road, the village is gearing up to kickstart the next phase of the project in December.

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Last month, despite a vociferous group of locals decrying the proposal to erect a Marriott hotel on a former landfill site on Marbledale Road, the Planning Board voted three-to-two to move forward with the plan.

According to the Board, Bilwin Development has agreed to take care of cleaning up the contaminated site, where they have proposed erecting a Marriott, complete with a restaurant on the 3.5-acre plot. The site was originally zoned for industrial use, but was rezoned for commercial use nearly a decade ago.

With a Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP) approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), developers are doing supplemental environmental work at the site before cleanup efforts begin on Dec. 1.

The location served as a marble quarry until the 1950s and was later used as a landfill for several decades. It has also been the site of an auto repair shop for some time.

Last month, the NYSDEC conducted radiation tests at the location, noting that “samples were scanned with a gamma scintillator and G-M probe,” with all results remaining consistent with local background ranges. The present OSHA mandated site protection is at the lowest risk level, requiring work boots, safety goggles and hardhats.

Detractors have cited concerns over toxic contaminants being released into the air and water in southern Westchester if the Marriott and restaurant proposal moves forward.

“Developers may be using a technique called ‘dynamic compaction,’ a technique that entails a large weight of (several) tons, dropped repeatedly by a crane, to purposely send intense vibrations throughout the hazardous waste and ash,” according to the Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition.

“The site will be repeatedly hit with that heavy weight. When this occurs, there will be contaminated dust and vapor released. Buried chemical filled drums, containers and pressurized tanks, when hit with this technique, will breach. Dynamic compaction will disrupt the hazardous toxic waste.”

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