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The Village Board has authorized bonding for a major reconstruction project for the public off-street parking along Artopee Way, behind Riverspace. About half of this $700k capital project will be dedicated to fix drainage issues, which is currently flooding Nyack Plaza Community Housing. Also, about 60 new spaces will be provided with a better layout. The bus stop, currently on Cedar street, will be moved to Artopee Way near Franklin behind the bank.
The job could take from 60 to 90 days. Unfortunately there are no provisions in the contract for ensuring a number of spaces will be available at all times, or that the contractor will be penalized for not meeting deadlines. Apparently, however, the contractor has said that they will do everything possible to keep some parking available, and that they can get the job done closer to 60 rather than 90 days.
The job has both critics and supporters. For some it is long overdue to fix the drainage problem plaguing residents of Nyack Plaza, and provide critical additional parking spots. To some it is a vote of “no confidence” for idea of a parking garage on the site to increase parking, and will increase the development costs of any new development, such as what Riverspace is contemplating.
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