No public hearings have been set as yet, but it is believedthose hearings could begin sometime in April. Struever FidelcoCappelli LLC consists of: the Fidelco Realty Group of Millburn, NJ,Cappelli Enterprises of Valhalla, NY and Struever Bros. Eccles& Rose of Baltimore.

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City Council President Chuck Lesnick says of the council's vote,"This is a small step for the City Council and a giant step forwardin creating a renaissance of Yonkers' downtown and waterfrontareas." The development plans calls for a massive infusion of newresidential, commercial, entertainment and hotel development alongwith the construction of a new 6,500-seat minor league baseballstadium.

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Joseph Apicella, EVP of Cappelli Enterprises, tells GlobeSt.comthat once the developer submits the various environmental studiesto city and state agencies, the City Council will then schedulepublic hearings on the Draft DEIS. Apicella says that the goal fromthere would be to have the city finalize the environmental reviewin the form of a Final Environmental Impact Statement and then comeup with its findings for the project.

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Final approvals could be obtained as early as late September orOctober, he notes. "We would like to begin construction sometimethis year, perhaps late October or early November," Apicella says.Concerning the council's unanimous vote on the venture's DEIS beingcomplete, he says, "This is an important first step in theenvironmental review process and we applaud the City Council andits legal/planning consultants on a job well done. It is our hopethat the detailed review process will now cause the balance of theapproval process to be expeditious. The public has been waiting forthe public hearings and we believe that our outreach into thecommunity all these months will now pay dividends."

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Mayor Philip Amicone, a strong supporter of the waterfrontrevitalization project, says, "when it's complete, the SFC projectwill be the most significant development in our history and fromthe beginning we have demonstrated how government and the privatesector can partner together to do something truly monumental forthe city of Yonkers." The mayor compliments the City Council forits work on the project and adds, "I look forward to a complete,but timely public review period in hopes of getting shovels in theground this year."

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The plan before the city is the first phase of what is projectedto be a more than $3-billion effort to revitalize some sections ofthe waterfront.

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.