South Nyack Could Lose Six Homes to New Tappan Zee Bridge

If the new span follows the current draft guidelines, six homes and a handful of other properties would be swept up by the state

Several South Nyack homes by the state if the new Tappan Zee Bridge project adheres to the current plan.

According to the —a tentative blueprint for building the new span—six South Nyack homes would be eliminated, their owners relocated and reimbursed. The properties are:

  • 21 Cornelison Avenue (Two-family home)
  • 78 Smith Avenue
  • 306 South Broadway
  • 317 South Broadway
  • 319 South Broadway
  • 321 South Broadway

Also in the planned bridge's path, but not pictured on the above photo, are a garage structure and green space on Smith Avenue, and green space on South Broadway. Some properties may also have easements placed on them, meaning the state would temporarily take control for construction activities, but later return them.

In total, just over six acres of South Nyack land would be eaten up. Tallied together, the properties have a worth of about $4.4 million, according to state officials.

The DEIS describes the acquisitions as a situation where, "[a] parcel is transferred to the New York State Thruway right-of-way, pursuant to applicable state and federal regulations, thereby dissolving its private ownership and potentially requiring relocation of the existing land use."

State officials, if the plan goes on as planned, would value the properties and give residents "the fair market value of the property to be acquired and the monetary damages, if any, to the remaining property," the DEIS continues.

Residents who do not agree on the amount offered may file a claim with the New York State Court of Claims.

Local taxes would be affected, too. Here is what the affected properties contributed in 2011:

  • $213,348 in total Nyack school taxes (including taxes for the Nyack Union Free School District and for Nyack Library)
  • $64,195 to the Village of South Nyack
  • $9,400 to the Town of Orangetown
  • $54,956 to Rockland County and "other" taxing entities, including Nyack Ambulance District, Nyack Joint Fire District, Orangetown Sewer Operation and Maintenance, Orangetown Sewer Debt Service, County Solid Waste, and County Transfer Facility.


To learn more about the DEIS, and how South Nyack residents and officials are reacting, click .

Alan March 02, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Why don t they use the village hall property on broadway for tha staging area And build a new village hall&police station on the corner of Franklin& Clinton and save the houses
Ann March 14, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I agree w. E Loughran. It struck me too, that these looked like homes that owners cared for. I wonder, since I'm fr. Westchester, are they going to take some homes or condos in Tarrytown too?
Ann March 14, 2012 at 10:56 PM
updates please
Nick and Loretta McCaley April 23, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Nick and Loretta My family and I moved into our home on Smith Avenue about eight years ago. We accepted the fact that we were near the Thruway but had no idea about the amount of pollutants that were associated with the bridge traffic. We did not expect that a new bridge would be built closer to our property, nor did we expect that we would be part of a five year construction project, which will no doubt increase the amount of pollutants in the air, but also diminish our property value. We're not opposed to progress, but would hope that the government would pay as much attention to our plight as it does to the enviornmental impact that the new bridge will have on the fish and wildlife in or near the river.
Joseph Bell June 30, 2012 at 09:36 PM
How do six (residential?) properties contribute $341.899 in taxes in 2011? That has to be a mistake or misstatement of some sort


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