New Tappan Zee Bridge: South Nyack property owners begin talks with span builder

An artist's rendition of the design for the An artist's rendition of the design for the new Tappan Zee Bridge that was selected by the state Thruway Authority. (Dec. 5, 2012) Photo Credit: NYnewbridge.com

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South Nyack co-op owners at Salisbury Point were happy to meet with representatives of the construction consortium that will build the new Tappan Zee Bridge on Tuesday morning, but they also were disappointed to hear that it will take a few more weeks to get answers about noise, air pollution and other environmental issues affecting those living near the construction activity.

Starting at 10:30 a.m., three officials from Tappan Zee Constructors -- the consortium -- met with Salisbury Point officials at the complex for 90 minutes, mostly to "set ground rules on how to proceed," said Cathy McCue, co-op board president.

In addition to representatives of the consortium, those in attendance included two board members, a resident, Salisbury Point's attorney, a civil engineer, an acoustics engineer and Brian Conybeare, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's spokesman for the bridge.

McCue said she had been hoping that the session would be used to address residents' issues, focusing on the impact of construction on the 120-unit waterfront development at the foot of the existing bridge in Rockland County.

"We were frustrated that they weren't ready today," she said of the builders' statements Tuesday. "But we realized that we have to make efforts to work with them and keep communications open."

During the meeting, McCue said the co-op was told that its requests are in the hands of a company lawyer and that "they will be in contact with us in a matter of weeks."

The Tappan Zee Constructors team also made time to walk around the property with a Salisbury Point engineer to discuss placement of sound, vibration and air monitors.

"We look forward to working with Salisbury Point residents to address their needs and concerns and understand their close proximity to construction will require a close partnership throughout the full construction of the new New York bridge project," Carla Julian, a spokeswoman for Tappan Zee Constructors, later said in a statement. "We are confident that we will be able to continue a positive relationship and transparent communication with Salisbury Point and all communities moving forward through project completion."

More meetings will be scheduled but no dates have been announced, according to McCue.

Efforts to address remediation for homeowners began on the Westchester County side of the bridge Jan. 31, with a similar meeting among construction officials, Conybeare and condominium owners at The Quay, an 89-unit waterfront community in Tarrytown.

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