To the editor,
While I agree that the current administration has done little or nothing to move Croton ahead I feel that this is a systemic issue in our village.
While your article pointed to large issues let me highlight the most simple that would increase the lifestyle of everyone who enters our village: Creating a vibrant commercial sector. The first step to make this happen is to create decent commercial zoning. Allowing doctors offices to proliferate in the commercial areas of our “upper village” is horrendous and destroys the life of this area. It is also easily cured.
First floor commercial space should be reserved for retail —not for professionals. They don’t need the store front space and it detracts from building a fabric of stores that would attract regular customers.
The same is true of allowing “automobile oriented” enterprises in the Harmon section. The area should be rezoned immediately to retail and nothing else.
Two easy steps to Croton finally having two commercial areas that would raise the bar for the entire village!