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A Drive-Thru for A Wa-Mu

November 16, 2005

During the Board of Trustees Work Session on Monday, November 14, 2005, a consensus was reached by the board to amend Local Law No. 4 of 2004, which prohibited uses of drive-through windows for commercial establishments in the recently established gateway overlay districts within the Village.

Approval, though not yet official, until the board votes on a forthcoming resolution, is a crucial first step in planning for Ronnie Napolitani, owner of Nappy Auto Collision & Repair Inc., located at 379 South Riverside Avenue (map), as he considers construction of a new free standing building on the property. Mr. Napolitani envisions a structure suitable for both a Washington Mutual bank and retail on the ground level with residential apartments above.

The amended Local Law No. 4 of 2004 will re-define the types of drive-through windows that will be allowed in the Village gateway districts, and as in this case, to include a bank automatic teller machine (ATM).

Further, the Village Board of Trustees is expected, by resolution, to determine that any drive-through application of a commercial establishment should be considered a drive-through window as prohibited in the Gateway Law. In addition, the Village Board of Trustees will determine that any drive-through application of any kind must be decided by the Zoning Board of Appeals through its power to grant or deny a variance as defined in Section 230-160 of the Village Code.

On November 18, 2005 2:02 PM, dors said:

I can see it now; the 4:52 express train from GCT arrives in Harmon and 100+ commuters race to their cars only to be jammed at the light because the Right Only turn onto Benedict Blvd no longer exists or there are cars sticking out onto the boulevard from the ATM drive-thru. Hopefully the board will take a long look at this and reconsider amending Local Law 4 for this particular area of Croton. I’m all for making our Gateway appealing but only if it enhances the village.

On November 17, 2005 5:19 PM, cherrio said:

Your comments are welcome Agatha. Many of us pass through that intersection have the same concerns. It’s good to know that Ann Galleli’s Planning Board takes ll these potential problems into consideration before giving a site plan approval. That’s what they do and they do it very well. We should make certain to check the final plans and make sure they haven’t missed anything that we, as users of the area, might be aware.

On November 17, 2005 4:06 PM, SSmith said:

agatha, isn’t it clear that this board has absolutely no game plan for anything? your questions are absolutely valid. they would be appropriate questions for even a freshman engineering student. but apparently, our dysfunctional village board can’t think on even that level about the simplest of matters.

better yet, maybe maria cudequest could weigh in here under one of her many tag names…at least i stick to one!!!

On November 17, 2005 12:14 PM, Pat Barua said:

I would welcome something other than Nappy’s at the corner of Benedict & Riverside.

But is a drive-thru a good idea for this location? The traffic would have to enter from Riverside and exit to Benedict. Would we still allow a right turn on red then at the intersection of Benedict & Riverside? And if we didn’t, wouldn’t everyone just cut through the drive through?


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