After six years, French American school still seeks approval for new White Plains facility

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It’s been about six years but the French-American School of New York hasn’t received approval for its $60 million school campus on the site of the former Ridgeway Country Club and a recent meeting of the White Plains Common Council, the governing body for the City of White Plains, introduced a new wrinkle. At the meeting, Common Council member Nadine Hunt-Robinson recommended that the land surrounding the 129-acre property, which is deemed environmentally sensitive, be left undeveloped for 50 years, according to LoHud. The school wants to consolidate its Mamaroneck, Larchmont and Scarsdale schools and is seeking approval of its site plan in addition to requesting a special permit for a 640-student school as well as a greenhouse, gymnasium, performing arts center and athletic fields, according to the report. The plan is a smaller version of FASNY’s original 950-student campus proposal, which was modified as a result of a state Supreme Court settlement involving the city. FASNY has proposed setting aside most of the property (51 acres) as a nature conservancy. [LoHud]