To the editor:
In light of the ongoing economic changes underway in the area, Croton Democratic Committee announced a “Framing Croton’s Future” Workshop today on “Revitalizing Harmon and South Riverside Avenue.”
The Workshop will be open to all and held in the Croton Free Library’s Ottinger Room, June 14, 2008, Saturday from 3 pm to 4:30 pm.
“The vitality of business in Croton depends on our working together to make it both financially feasible for business owners and attractive to local residents,” notes Ann Gallelli, a Village Trustee, “The village needs to be proactive in creating the environment and marketing it as well.”
Village Trustee Rick Olver added, “What kind of business district do we want and need in Harmon? Input is critical from both neighbors and owners. I am looking forward to hearing what attendees have to say.”
“The timing of this workshop is no coincidence,” said Paul Rolnick, a former Zoning Board member, “In particular, the closing of Wondrous Things, a real loss for Croton, underscores the urgency. As many villagers as possible should chime in as the village contemplates some zoning changes in the Harmon business district.”
The workshop will begin with an overview of existing zoning conditions and demographic trends. Attendees will brainstorm with each other to cover a range of topics from housing stock to retail and small office rentals to parking and fostering a walkable neighborhood. Workshop ideas will be collected for presentation to the Village’s Economic Development Committee.
The village board will soon receive two reports on the Harmon business district that examine potential zoning changes to foster development and commercial rentals there. These potential changes include possible expansions of the size of a building that could be built, as well as ways to share parking and sidewalk amenities.
— Paul Rolnick, Chairman, Croton Democratic Committee