Community meeting feb 3rd to discuss westhelp property future...meeting for unemployed also on feb 3
Release Date: January 23, 2011
TOWN BOARD TO HOLD COMMUNITY MEETING TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF WESTHELP PROPERTY ON FEB 3rd AT 7:30 pm (VIRGINIA ROAD SCHOOL)
Last year the Westchester County Executive announced plans to close down the WESTHELP homeless shelter located in the Mayfair Knollwood section of town. The closure of the 108 room homeless shelter, located on the grounds of Westchester Community College, will result in a loss of revenue to the town from the county of $1.2 million a year--beginning in October, 2011.
That's alot of money for a town to lose. On Thursday February 3rd the Greenburgh Town Board and I will hold a community meeting at the Virginia Road School (located near the Virginia Road exit off of the Bronx River Parkway) at 7:30 PM. A snow date is scheduled for February 7th.
The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss options for the property. The town issued an RFP to potential developers. Among options being considered: college dorm's (since the property is on Community College property)...mixed use housing (college dorm's for students, teachers and housing targetted to veterans who are attending college) or just veteran housing. There may be other possible uses (senior housing). It's important to keep the community informed of action steps we're taking and to seek neighborhood input re: future of the property.
Westhelp was built by Andrew Cuomo in the early 1990s and has provided the homeless with transitional housing services.
MEETING FOR THE UNEMPLOYED AT GREENBURGH LIBRARY ON THURSDAY FEB 3RD AT 10 AM TO 11:30
A few years ago I set up a job club for the unemployed. I post job openings on my facebook page (PAUL FEINER)...encourage others to join me in posting job opportunities on www.linkedin.com (Greenburgh Jobs group). And, send frequent e mails to residents seeking work with info on employment options. If you would like to have your named added to my e list please e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I estimate that about 60 people have found work -thanks to this service during the past three years.
On Thursday February 3rd there will be a job forum at the Greenburgh Library at 10 to 11:30 AM. Among speakers:
Mark Rothenberg is a volunteer with SCORE, “Counselors to Americas Small Business”. SCORE provides free mentoring, coaching and counseling services to existing, new and future businesses. He currently serves as Director of the Hudson Valley and Long Island District of SCORE. He has had a long involvement with business, community service and economic development in the region.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor