WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A huge crowd spilled out into the lobby of White Plains City Hall last night for a hearing on a proposal to turn a former country club into a $60 million private school campus.

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In the charming Gedney Farm section of White Plains, many front lawns are covered with signs that say “Stop FASNY Now.”

FASNY is the French-American School of New York, which has locations in Scarsdale, Larchmont, and Mamaroneck.

The school wants to unite and build one new campus at the old Ridgeway Country Club. They would develop 45 acres of the golf course and preserve 84 acres.

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The school says this would create jobs and bring money to White Plains. Some residents, however, are not supportive of the plan.

“I have nothing against the school itself. Indeed, we lived in France for six years, but I have a big problem with where they want to have the school,” resident Ted Armstrong told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

Opponents say they dont want a bustling campus in the middle of their quiet neighborhood. They fear traffic, flooding into marshlands, and lower property values.

Hearings will continue next month.

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