Monday, February 01, 2021

Town settles federal bias lawsuit by developers of 431-home Greens at Chester project 

Town officials and developers of the 431-home Greens at Chester project have struck a deal that ends a federal discrimination lawsuit against the town and allows construction to continue with limits on home sizes and other prescribed terms.

The 32-page settlement, posted with related documents on the Town of Chester website, is set to be approved by the Town Board on Tuesday and brought before a judge on Thursday. After months of negotiations, the agreement offers the developers assurances they can proceed without interference while sparing the town any damages and granting concessions such as the size restrictions.

"I think we've done the best that we can do for the town, and we're getting out of the litigation," Chester Supervisor Robert Valentine said on Monday.

Livy Schwartz, one of the project's developers, said he and his partners accomplished their goal by clearing a path for them to build and begin realizing a return on their investment. In doing so, they accepted the size limits and dropped the damages they had sought for what they alleged were unwarranted demands by the town and delays.


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