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Streetscape: Summer 2011

Nyack, Jan 16 — Main Street in Nyack will get a facelift this summer. Last Thursday the Village Board awarded a $1,336,240 contract to upgrade the downtown streetscape to A-Tech Concrete, a family-run business out of New Jersey.  Construction will occur over the summer of 2011 and will be scheduled to have a minimum of impact on the 40th anniversary of the Hopper House.

The Village will apply for a $200,000 HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) request for the streetscape project, to supplement the $180,000 remaining of CDBG money from a few years ago.

“Financing is being put in place and discussions are ongoing with the merchant community about how to deal with the disruptions that will take place on Main Street between Franklin and Broadway,’€  says Nyack Trustee Jen White. ‘€œThe project will be a pain for all of us for much of the summer but will aesthetically improve our downtown to such a degree that we hope the summer of suffering will soon be an afterthought,’€ she says.

Nyack’s trustees passed two other significant resolutions on Jan 13:

  • A change to Nyack’s filming laws, significantly reducing the fee charged to filming activities.  After the 5-0 vote, there was much cheering from the audience.
  • Prompted by a request from the Red Cross, which owns property on North Broadway,  the subdivision fee in the village was reduced from $5,000 to $250.  Trustee Doug Foster says that the new fee puts Nyack in line with most other communities, who charge a nominal fee for the cost of processing an application.  He says that the goal of application fees is to defer the cost of doing business, not as a fund raising tool.  Before the new zoning ordinance was adopted in December 2009, the fee was $10,000.  The new fee is retroactive 90 days.

Nyack People & Places, a weekly series that features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY, is sponsored by Sun River Health.

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