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Decoding Village Agendas – June 12, 2017

June 11, 2017
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Mixed use construction along Route 9A and solar canopies at the train station are up for discussion.

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised)

 

 

  • Discussion with Ed Gemmola, Architect, regarding a proposal for a mixed-use development at 25 South Riverside Avenue, which is the site of the former Croton Hardware store.  The proposal is for two stories with an office space and 16 one bedroom and 10 two bedroom apartments.  The property is in a C-1 zoning district and would require variances.

 

  1. Discussion with Lee Streisfeld-Leitner regarding a proposal to place solar canopies at the Croton train station.   Mr. Streisfeld-Leitner will present his firm’s proposal.  The proposal calls for installing such canopies on the east side of Veterans’ Plaza covering approximately 800 parking spaces.  It would be a lease arrangement with the Village receiving $18k to $30k per megawatt. Installation would likely cause some disruption of revenue which this would help offset.   The lease proposed would be 20 years.  A report by the Village’s Sustainability Committee, after meeting with Mr. Streisfeld-Leitner, identified issues such as the stability of the east side parking area, snow removal and additional alterations that might be needed.    To move ahead with consideration of such a proposal requires a study be performed to determine if the proposed system can be connected to ConEd’s local grid.  The study would cost between $15k and $25k which Mr. Streisfeld-Leitner’s firm is suggesting they would split with the Village.  The Committee recommends that the Village consider co-funding such a study to determine, “once and for all”, whether such a solar panel installation is technically viable at that location.
  2. Discussion about next steps for the Solar in Your Community grant program.  The federal Dept. of Energy (DOE) has accepted the Village’s application for admission into the Solar in Your Community Challenge program.  The Village is no eligible to compete for $1,000,000 in prize money.
  3. Discussion with Bike-Pedestrian Committee regarding a grant that could potentially fund signage for bike paths and bikes-on-roads.  This grant is a Hudson River Valley Greenway grant open to designated Greenway communities and Greenway Compact communities of which Croton is one.   The Committee will discuss with the Board what their grant proposal is.  The deadline for application is September 8.
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