To the editor:
On an Internet chat site for municipal officials last spring, Ann Gallelli made clear that the Harmon housing plan needed “the larger public to buy into it.” She described the plan as “about a three block stretch of commercial first floor with two floors of mixed use (probably mostly residential above), with buildings built close to the street with pedestrian friendly frontage and parking to the rear.”
“We want to get the public to buy into this for support of the zoning changes,” she says. “We also are prepared to move towards doing the same kind of analysis for a second commercial Gateway where the Village actually owns a number of the parcels. We want to encourage the public to be a big part of this process so as to avoid opposition down the road.” Opposition to what, density housing?
The person she is chatting with describes her plan as “the urban village.”
Leo Wiegman pipes in to say that the “total number rental units in Croton: 674 (compared with 3,900 in neighboring Ossining).” Why is he comparing Croton and Ossining? He goes on to point out that “by definition, a household earning 80% of an area’s median income is considered ‘low income.’”
“Therefore,” he concludes, “some housing development funds are available to create housing that will target folks who earn 80% of the AMI. That means a 2 person household with $77,000 annual income might qualify for affordable housing.”
So the Harmon plan is designed to attract affordable housing developers.
I ask the residents who have generously come forward to run for the school board next month to remember that our schools are at capacity and that a strong word from the school board may keep our current village board in check when it comes to their built up version of Croton.
— Susan Konig