Sadly, another Croton business has closed its doors. This one, number 18 in Croton’s “Album of Shame,” was a medical billing company located on South Riverside Avenue next to the empty space formerly occupied by an accounting firm—and across the street from what was once Croton Dodge.
This small retail/professional space is now for rent, yet another discouraging blow to the Harmon area of Croton. With its eight commercial vacancies, Harmon is beginning to resemble a deserted post-Gold Rush ghost town.
In the coming weeks, the Economic Development Committee headed by Kieran Murray, a local developer, is set to present a proposal to ease certain zoning requirements found in an amendment to Croton’s Village Code. The amendment was approved on March 15, 2004, with Mayor Bob Elliott and Trustees Georgianna Grant, Gregory Schmidt and Leo Wiegman all voting in the affirmative, Trustee Deborah Yurchuk-McCarthy cast the sole no vote.
The discriminatory anti-business aspects of the so-called Gateway Law have been repeatedly pointed out on Crotonblog by a persistent contributor denominated as “Businessperson” and summed up in a comprehensive letter to the editor entitled “A Baker’s Dozen: Thirteen Reasons for Croton’s Business Recession.”