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By Kent Larsen

Environmentalists Gain Support from Harrison NY Temple Dispute

PURCHASE, NEW YORK -- A nearly dormant group of environmentalists have gained new steam because of the dispute over the proposed Harrison New York Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The privately-funded Purchase Environmental Protection Association, first formed 88 years ago, now has its first paid employee and about 100 members. The group says it will look at the Church's planned Temple.

"We are definitely concerned about the Mormon temple," said Executive Director Anne J. Gold, until recently community relations director for Purchase-based Manhattanville College. "We're trying to bring ourselves up to steam on the issue." The group also plans to look at air pollution and noise pollution from highways and Westchester County Airport, as part of its effort to 'defend the community's rural character.'

"Development is a major concern of almost every small community in America," says lifelong resident John Loeb, 71, a member of the group. "If we don't carefully plan for the future of Harrison, the result could be disastrous for our neighborhood." The neighborhood of Purchase, home to both Manhattanville College and the State University of New York's Purchase College is located and is within the boundaries of Harrison, north of the site of the proposed Temple. Harrison is a northern suburb of New York City.

The Purchase Environmental Protection Association (PEPA) is now based at Manhattanville College, in spite of the fact that it battled the college's 48-unit apartment complex for faculty members in 1990, eventually loosing a trial in the state Supreme Court in 1991. But neither PEPA nor the college are holding a grudge over the issue, and the college says it is supporting PEPA to set a social and ethically responsible example for students.

The group's position adds to the opposition to the Harrison Temple, already facing stiff objections from neighbors over the traffic they think that the building will bring, the height of the spire and lighting of the building, which they say will block their view and light their yards at night, and the fact that the building won't be open to non-Mormons, but is meant for the use of members in the region, not the neighborhood.

The Church is asking the Harrison Town Board for a "special exception" permit that covers how the Temple will be used. The permit is the final requirement necessary for the Temple, following the already-obtained approval of the Harrison Planning Board, and a still-in-dispute zoning variance from the Harrison Zoning Board of Appeals. When the Zoning Board of Appeals turned down the application, the Church went to acting state Supreme Court Justice Peter Leavitt, who overruled the board, ordering it to grant the variance. [In New York State, the Supreme Court is not the highest level in the court system. It is a trial court, and its decisions can be appealed to an appellate division, and then to the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court.] In April, the town filed an appeal of Leavitt's decision, which has not yet been heard.


Land concerns spur revival of Purchase environmental group
Westchester co NY Journal News 19Aug01 D1
By Karen Pasternack: Journal News

See also:

Town Meeting Highlights Neighbor Feelings Over Harrison Temple

White Plains Temple Presentation Attracts Opponents

LDS Church Proceeds With Final Steps for White Plains NY Temple

Harrison NY Appeals Decision Favoring Temple

NEWSFLASH: Harrison Temple Gets Judge's Blessing

Proposed White Plains Temple Loses Zoning Decision

White Plains New York Controversy Makes Local News

LDS Leaders Request Fast For New York Temple

White Plains Temple Opposition Intensifies

Mormon News' Coverage of Zoning Challenges to LDS Building Projects


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