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SIDEWALK NEEDED NEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE-KNOLLWOOD, GRASSLANDS ROAD--SHOULD BE PAID FOR BY DEVELOPER
Release Date: December 04, 2016

SIDEWALK NEEDED NEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE --COUNTY AND MOUNT PLEASANT SHOULD REQUIRE DEVELOPER OF 60 NORTH  TO BUILD SIDEWALK, AT THEIR EXPENSE,  ON KNOLLWOOD ROAD AND GRASSLANDS ROAD, TWO ROADS USED BY STUDENTS WHO ATTEND COMMUNITY COLLEGE WHICH IS LOCATED IN GREENBURGH


There are different ways that sidewalks get built. Sometimes the town pays for the sidewalks out of our budget (the sidewalk at Seely that is being completed, the sidewalk at Sprain (under construction) and the new sidewalk at Fort Hill (scheduled to start later this week after work at Clubway is completed by the contractor).
 
Sometimes sidewalks are paid for with grants: We received a grant to build a new sidewalk at Secor. We applied for a new grant to build sidewalks on Central from Marion to E/W Hartsdale Ave and another: Knollwood Road so people can walk from the shopping center to 119.
 
Frequently, sidewalks are paid for by developers-and become a condition to the approvals. The recently built sidewalk in front of Solomon Schecter is an example. A new sidewalk to be built on Benedict  Ave on the Tarrytown border is another example.  Parts of a sidewalk on Central Ave in front of the new car dealership and new apartment complex in Hartsdale.  Many other examples...

 

 

Westchester County and Mount Pleasant officials should require the developers of the $1.2 billion biotechnology research center that is under review (The 60 North project) to build sidewalks on Knollwood Road and Grasslands Road -- two roads that are used by students at Westchester Community College.

The college is located on roads that will be used by many of the employees who will work at the new biotechnology research center when it is built.     This project, when completed, will be enormous and will generate significant traffic: medical offices, research, retail, restaurants, a hotel and a children’s museum. The first phase would include about 500,000 square feet of development.

The developer has estimated that the project will create 4,000 construction jobs and 8,000 permanent jobs, pay $7 million in annual rents to the county and generate $9 million a year in local real estate taxes. 

Many of the students who attend Westchester Community College don't have cars. It's already dangerous to walk on Knollwood or Grasslands Road. Students have been asking for sidewalks for years. This new development is a great opportunity to make both streets safer for pedestrians and for students at the college and to make our area the bio tech capitol of New York State. 

I have no objection to developers making money from this deal. And think it's great that the county will generate much needed revenue. But don't want pedestrians or students to be less safe when walking to school.

PAUL FEINER
Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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