To the editor:
On June 3rd at the Harmon Firehouse, there will be a presentation about plans to change the zoning to accommodate a mixed use housing proposal for the Harmon area. No matter what you are told that night, these are only some of the facts you need to know beforehand.
1) That the “Harmon Plan” is not just about a “few apartments” nor is it only about developing Harmon for this density housing. In a conversation on a site for municipal officials, the topic of which was redevelopment of this area, Trustee Gallelli wrote the following:
“What we want now is for the Village to take the lead on marketing our plans and to get the larger public to buy into it. Basically it is 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. 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.”
2) That current mayor Wiegman responded to Ms. Gallelli:
“By definition, a household earning 80% of an area’s median income is considered “low income”….”(County Planning Dept). Therefore some housing development funds are available to create housing that will target folks who earn 80% of the AMI.” For reasons that are unclear, he also added the following:
“Total number rental units in Croton: 674 (compared with 3,900 in neighboring Ossining).”
The so-called Harmon housing plan will no doubt change the character of our Village in a negative way. No matter what they tell you now, the “real deal” has already been laid out by the team of Wiegman and Gallelli. It is right there in black and white. You can read more at http://nycom.collectivex.com/discussion/topic/show/51472