Building Our New Home

Construction Update & Schedule

We’re excited to announce that work on our new home is set to begin very soon!  The permits have just been issued and we will soon be preparing the front entrance for sight line improvements.

All construction updates and scheduled work dates will be posted here as soon as we know about them, so please check this page periodically to find out all the exciting developments.  

For all questions or concerns, please call 914-333-7011 or email at constructioninfo@sunshinehome.org.


The Town of New Castle issued our Building Permit on February 6, 2019. The Building Permit divides the construction project into the following phases:

1a. Entrance Improvements
1b. Tree Removal
2.  Road Improvements
3.  Building Rock Removal
4.  Building Construction and Parking Lot Improvements
5.  Storm Basin and Emergency Access Improvements
6.  Wetland Improvements
7.  Site Finish Work

 

Construction Vehicles - Routes and Times

 

 


Week of April 22, 2019

  • No work will take place during this week.

Week of April 15, 2019

  • Our team will continue with “Phase two.”
  • Roadwork, drainage, piping installation and improvements.
  • As weather permits, the Team will continue the installation of the safety/site fence.

Weeks of April 8 and April 15, 2019

  • Our team will continue with “Phase two.”
  • Roadwork, drainage, piping installation and improvements.
  • As weather permits, the Team will continue the installation of the safety/site fence.

Weeks of April 1 and April 8, 2019

  • Our team will continue with “Phase two.”
  • Roadwork, drainage, piping installation and improvements.
  • As weather permits, the Team will continue the installation of the safety/site fence.

Weeks of March 25, 2019 and April 1, 2019

  • Our team will continue with Phase two and the  necessary roadwork and drainage improvements.
  • As weather permits, the Team will continue the installation of the safety/site fence.

Weeks of March 11, 2019 and March 18, 2019

  • Phase two will begin during this 2 week period and the initiation of the necessary roadwork.
  • As weather permits, the Team will begin the installation of the safety/site fence.

Week of March 4, 2019

Sunshine is continuing the work as outlined in the approved phasing plan.

For the week of March 4, the team will continue the installation of erosion control throughout the property, await town review and approval of Phase 1b, “tree removal”  before Phase 2, “road improvements” can start.

The team will be digging test pits to locate and verify existing underground utilities.

In addition; the team will be preparing for the installation of a safety site fence which we anticipate to be erected within the next two weeks around the work site area. As always safety is our #1 priority. This fence will provide necessary safety of the work site to minimize the risk of unauthorized or accidental entry to the area. (This is not a part of Phase #3, which can only be done after the completion of Phase #2 and the sign off by the Town.)

Week of February 25, 2019

Sunshine will continue with tree clean up and chipping. Though the campus may look a bit different without some of our trees, we want to reassure our families and friends: for every tree taken down — at a minimum 2 new ones will be planted for every one tree felled. When all has been completed, we will have over 230 new trees to enhance our site. Our tree plan is beautiful! We will also be doing some allowed layout and prep work in anticipation of receiving the Town approvals to enter Phase 2 of our construction project: our new driveway. 

In addition to this information, this week many of our neighbors received communication from our blasting company-MD Drilling & Blasting.  This communication was part of a routine process that the blasting companies typically undertake when working on a project. This was not a blasting notice, but rather a communication for our neighbors including a “pre-blast survey” for their properties to confirm existing conditions. Blasting is a regulated procedural process that must follow stringent guidelines and include particular project specifications that are reviewed and coordinated with our design and construction team, as well as the authorities having jurisdiction over the event. We have begun the permitting process but are not authorized to begin yet. Blasting is to be conducted during Phase 3 which we anticipate to occur in late April or May of 2019. More specific information and notice to neighbors will be made available as we proceed through the Town’s permitting process. 

Week of February 18, 2019

Site activities this week will continue to focus on tree clearing and preparing the driveway coming up the hill.

Week of February 11, 2019

Site activities this week will focus on tree clearing and preparing the driveway coming up the hill.

Sunshine Wins Approval for Expansion!

We have some very exciting news!!! Sunshine has just received our final approval to move forward with the expansion of our home! Our goal always is to offer your children the best life that they can have and we have long needed more living space for the children, as well as for expanded therapeutic, recreational and educational activities.

Sunshine began the expansion process four years ago with the goal of accommodating more children and to enhance the care, health, and positive psychological growth of the children who live here. Our plans include a therapeutic gym and expanded therapeutic services, a therapy pool, additional beds, essential specialty medical equipment and circulation areas, improved classroom space for our school, and rooms for visiting families.

Construction is expected to begin in the fall and continue for a period of 18-24 months.

Check back for continued updates!