Yonkers residents rally for limits on UPS facility expansion

Michael P. McKinney Rockland/Westchester Journal News Published 1:19 p.m. ET Jul. 25, 2020 Updated 4:54 p.m. ET Jul. 25, 2020

YONKERS - Residents rallied on Saturday for limits on the number of trucks that come and go from a planned expansion of operations at United Parcel Service's Tuckahoe Road facility, among other concerns.

A line of 55 or more cars looped through the Bonnie Briar Road-Gailmore Drive- Mountaindale Road neighborhood Saturday, with some residents honking horns. Signs affixed to the cars said "Save our neighborhood" and "Stop UPS."

"UPS wants to have upwards of 200 delivery trucks at the maximum here — we believe that it's too large for this facility," said City Councilman Anthony Merante, who participated in the rally and on Facebook urged people to join it. He said trucks have been arriving at the facility by 11 p.m., which didn't affect people. But he asserted that UPS plans to have trucks arrive between 1 and 6 a.m.

"We're concerned about the noise that that's going to create," Merante said.

Merante said he and the neighbors want the city Planning Board to take action.

According to Merante, area residents want the number of tractor trailers planned to be reduced at the 555 Tuckahoe Road facility. He said there's concern about a large number being deployed all at once, creating a convoy through the area. He said another concern is that the facility is going to be used as a fueling station.

"This is a residential area, not an industrial area, so we're asking them to not put in the pumping station," Merante said.

UPS could not be immediately reached for comment. In a June letter to the Planning Board, a lawyer for UPS said the plans have been revised to reflect numerous comments heard from the board, city staff, elected officials and the public.

A parking lot that was proposed has been eliminated from the plan, lawyer Mark Weingarten told the board. Another parking lot, which was approved to have 141 spaces, is redesigned to accommodate the additional spaces and have a level that shields the neighborhood from potential light and noise. Other revisions include an underground storage tank design as an alternative to one above ground, and a proposed fence along East Grassy Sprain Road has been increased to eight feet from six feet, Weingarten said. Overnight employee parking would be directed away from the area closest to the residential neighborhood and done in such a way to virtually eliminates lighting or noise, he said.

An analysis for the applicant found little or no air quality impact resulting from the project, Weingarten told the board this month. UPS will accept, as a condition of approving the plan, limiting fueling to trucks that serve the Yonkers facility. "We believe we have now amended our plan to the point where it appropriately addresses all of the legally relevant issues which have been raised," he said. Michael McKinney covers northern Westchester.

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