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French-American School to Show Consolidation Plan

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The French-American School of New York will hold its second open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse of the former Ridgeway Country Club, 400 Ridgeway Ave.

The private school purchased the 129-acre Ridgeway property in January 2011 for $11 million to bring all 870 students from its three schools in Mamaroneck, Larchmont and Scarsdale to one campus.

The school applied for a special permit from the city to operate a school at the site and hopes it will be approved by the end of 2012. If that happens, the school would begin the 10-year, $60 million to $80 million construction of its new campus and begin phasing in its older students in September 2014 at the earliest, said Patrick Croze, director of finance and operations for the French-American School .

Residents will be able to ask members of the project consultant team questions about the proposed White Plains campus at Saturday's open house.

The school submitted its preliminary draft environmental impact statement to the city in April. The statement is required because the city determined that the project might have a significant adverse impact on the environment. The school submitted a revised statement on May 10.

At a White Plains Common Council meeting Monday, the city's commissioner of planning will address the city staff's review of the draft environmental impact statement. The departments of Planning, Building, Public Safety, Public Works, Traffic and Law, as well as outside counsel Steven Silverberg, determined that the statement isn't complete for reasons listed in the FASNY Preliminary Draft Environmental Impact Statement Completeness Review .

The public review can't begin until the preliminary statement has been determined complete. When it is complete, the Common Council will schedule a public hearing and set time frames for the receipt of public comments.

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