The French-American School of New York (FASNY) is getting closer than ever to getting the green light on its proposed expansion project in White Plains.
For over three decades, FASNY has provided Franco-American education to international students at three campuses in Scarsdale, Larchmont and Mamaroneck. The bilingual, bicultural school has sought to consolidate those campuses by repurposing a 130-acre vacant golf course and establishing a nature conservancy in the process.
While FASNY’s original goals have remained constant, its proposed plan has been tweaked and modified over the years as a result of rigorous reviews, studies and public hearings as mandated by the State Environmental Quality Review Act and administered by the White Plains Common Council.
All concerned – from FASNY and local homeowners to business organizations and environmental groups – believe that the latest iteration of the proposal is responsive, responsible and will be of tremendous benefit to the City of White Plains and Westchester County as a whole.
This most-recent plan proposes to drastically reduce traffic, cap student enrollment and provide 78 acres of publicly accessible open space with miles of pedestrian and bike paths which will all be maintained and paid for by FASNY.
Specific enhancements to the original plan include:
- Changing the main street access from Ridgeway Street to North Street, to ensure that traffic flow is on a main thoroughfare and not a neighborhood street
- Reducing enrollment to 950 students, from the current 1200
- Implementing a traffic management plan to reduce vehicular trips by 50%
- Installing smart traffic lights at key intersections along North Street to improve traffic flow
- Adding more than three miles of walking trails and bike paths to improve north/south and east/west connectivity while creating safer recreational space in the neighboring area
- Increasing buffer zones around the campus with 75’ setbacks, decreased parking and enhanced landscaping with the planting of hundreds of trees and shrubs
The White Plains Common Council recently voted unanimously in favour of the latest proposal. Three additional public hearings have been scheduled with the last being held in September. Mais enfin!