Highlights of Benefits to the Community:

Advancing Ossining means enhancing the great place it already is and we believe River Knoll works to that goal by:

  • Preserving 14 acres – Preserving 75% of the site as green space, including trees, meadows and buffers.
  • Road Improvements – Providing much-needed improvements to Route 9A/Croton Dam Road intersection, paid by the sponsor of River Knoll and at no cost to taxpayers thereby reducing wait times at this key intersection.
  • New Revenues – Generating $1.0 million in new annual revenues to the Town and the School District – an increase of more than 700% over what the site currently produces.
  • New Commercial Demand – Creating new economic activity for the many services, restaurants and merchants in downtown Ossining and surrounding areas.
  • Jobs – Creating 200 new construction jobs and 30 permanent jobs!
  • Professionally Managed – Providing professional management that will enhance the property values of surrounding neighbors.
  • Storm Water Management – Controlling stormwater runoff and protection to neighbors.
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Proposed new intersection of Croton Dam Road and Route 9A. Image shows additional stacking lanes.

New Roadway Improvements!!

In the many meetings that were held with neighbors, community members and community leaders the sponsors of River Knoll recognized sensitivity to the addition of autos to the roadway system that would be generated by the project, in particular, the intersection of Croton Dam Road and Route 9A. As such, the sponsor of River Knoll took the initiative to provide the New York State Department of Transportation with a proposal to provide a new widened intersection that will provide additional lanes in both the east and west-bound sections of Croton Dam Road. Such improvements will significantly lessen waiting times at this intersection, particularly during the peak commuting hours, by providing additional stacking lanes to allow greater flow. These improvements will be paid for by the sponsor.

Fiscal Benefits to the School District:

River Knoll will be fiscally positive to the Town as it will be a low generator of new school-aged children yet provide substantial new tax revenues for the Ossining Union Free School District and the Town. Once again, the Sponsor of River Knoll took the initiative to meet with the Ossining Union Free School District’s (“District”) board and school administration to develop consensus on the expected addition of school children. This was based on the experience of other similar area projects, as well as the same methodologies used by District in its own forecasting of future growth and corresponding future school needs. The District and the Sponsor then entered a formal agreement in December 2015 whereby the Sponsor will make direct donations to the District (in addition to school taxes paid by the project) which will be used to offset the cost of new school facilities.

Storm Water Control:

River Knoll will provide a new state-of-the-art storm water management system that will alleviate storm water flow to neighboring properties. The system is designed to retain storm water in discreet green basins and gently and gradually release this water into the domestic stormwater lines at a slow rate. The stormwater will also be filtered in this new system and provide clean and clear runoff into the Town’s storm system.