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Developer of apartment building proposed for 163 Wolfs Lane allows village approval to lapse

The closed gas station at 163 Wolfs Lane after the owners had underground tanks removed. (Kiran Schwaderer)

The Village of Pelham’s approval for the construction of a 27-unit apartment building at 163 Wolfs Lane has expired, according to Jim Morris, assistant building inspector.

No building permits were issued for the project. The approval process for a new site plan “would need to start over for development to occur,” Morris said. “I am not aware of any submissions to restart the review process.”

In November 2019, the Village of Pelham Board of Trustees gave the final okay to developer Concrete Ventures LLC to the replace the shuttered gas station on the property with a five-story rental building. The project would have had 1,400 square feet of retail space at street level and stood adjacent to the Pelham Picture House.

Details on the proposed construction come from the 163 Wolfs Lane Development Proposal filed by the law firm Zarin and Steinmetz. Completion of the building was planned for November 2020.

On right is a rendering of the apartment building at 163 Wolfs Lane, which had been proposed to go up next to the Picture House.

Concrete Ventures did not return calls and emails seeking comment.

Digging seen at the gas station on June 4 led residents to inquire about whether work had started on the apartment tower. That was not the case.

“Currently, the owner of the property is removing the underground storage tanks,” Morris said.

The 163 Wolfs Lane project was approved under the Business Development Floating Zone (BDFZ), a special zone created to encourage the development of mixed-use projects in the village’s downtown.

During a series of meetings in 2019, the planning board recommended to the village trustees a reduction in the height of the building—something advocated for by neighbors due to the imbalance of the complex with nearby houses—and cut the number of units to 27 from 28.


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Kira Findikyan, Assistant Managing Editor
Kira is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School and this will be her sixth year on the Pelham Examiner. She loves reading and writing, and wrote previously for the Colonial Times and The News of Pelham. Kira enjoys playing soccer and is a self-proclaimed mac and cheese connoisseur.
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Kiran Schwaderer is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School. She has been part of the Pelham Examiner since fifth grade. She enjoys playing the flute in the PMHS band and jazz band, playing the harp, and participating in softball. She is very excited to continue to contribute to the Pelham Examiner.

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