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Workshop for Residents to Help Frame Croton's Future on June 14

June 4, 2008

Crotonblog: Letters to the Editor, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
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

On June 14, 2008 5:36 PM, weewill said:

I’ve just returned from the above forum and it was excellent! I would guess there were close to 100 attendees sharing diverse ideas and a wealth of comments, opinions, and concepts. I am sorry the Mayor and Trustees Brennan and Konig were not there to hear, listen and share. It was stated over and over again and clearly understood that these ideas were in large part “wish lists” and that they would all be presented to the Economic Development Committee for consideration in their upcoming recommendations to the Village Board.

The forum was a sincere and open minded attempt to determine what residents might like. These forums can be a tremendous aid in recognizing the rich heritage of this turn-of-the-century village while planning ahead for the future. Georgianna Grant

On June 11, 2008 10:32 PM, Leo Wiegman said:

Dear Neighbors, The Journal News ran a story this morning about the upcoming Workshop on business development in Harmon. See this link. Spread the word! All are welcome, residents and business owners alike! See you for a 90 minute brainstorming Workshop at 3:00–4:30pm at Croton Free Library’s Ottinger Room, this Saturday, June 14.

Leo Wiegman


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