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There’s still time to stop by the Book Sale at the Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Irvington Library. The sale will be open until 5 p.m. today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll find books of all kinds and for all ages from tots to adults and everything in between.
Construction along East Sunnyside Lane
As you may have seen, we have begun the long-awaited project to replace an undersized culvert beneath Hudson Avenue and along East Sunnyside Lane. The project will help alleviate the persistent flooding that has occurred in this area in the past. The project is expected to last through the summer. As you might imagine, there are significant challenges in completing this project, mostly due to the exceptionally tight working space. If you’re traveling through the area, please slow down and be prepared to stop. It is important for the safety of the construction workers to give them as much room as possible.
Fireworks (and Rocktoberfest)
Maybe I’m jumping ahead a little bit, but my colleagues and I just approved a contract for our annual fireworks display in Matthiessen Park. This year’s show is scheduled for July 4th, but if it rains, the show will be put on during Rocktoberfest. Incidentally, Rocktoberfest is scheduled for September 28th and we’ve already begun to plan the event. Both the fireworks show and Rocktoberfest are sure to be great events to look forward to. It is important to remind everyone that supporting events organized by Irvington FACE, like Rocktoberfest, helps to pay for the 4th of July celebrations as well as other Recreation Department programs.
North Broadway Re-Zoning
At our meeting this past Monday, we opened a public hearing to consider revisions to the zoning for the larger properties along North Broadway, specifically properties commonly known as the “Maxon Property”, the “Carafiello Property”, Abbott House, and the Holy Spirit Association. In updating our Comprehensive Plan, the Comprehensive Plan Committee specifically recommended the addition of new uses for these properties.
You may not realize that those properties are currently zoned to be single-family residential. The office and institutional uses that currently exist are through special permits and variances granted many years ago. Our Comprehensive Plan Committee felt that it was important to add uses that are more consistent with what is currently there. This is a proactive effort to set the zoning in the area without current applications from any developers.
Some of the more significant of those proposed new uses include multi-family residential (including single-family attached, but clustered in order to maximize open space), assisted living facilities (of a fixed density), offices, boutique hotels, small practice medical offices, and restaurants.
Our planning consultant presented the new zoning at Monday’s meeting. Here’s a link to the presentation:
The public hearing on the proposed zoning will continue at our next regular meeting on June 17, 2019.
Online Payment Portal
You may have seen a notice in your tax bill that the Village is now collecting taxes through an online payment portal. The taxes can be paid, free of charge, as a debit to your checking account. Credit cards are also accepted, but there is a sizeable fee for that. We also accept payment of your water bill through an online portal. Please feel free to visit www.irvingtonny.gov/onlinepay to see what it’s about.
I hope you enjoy what is expected to be a wonderful weekend weather-wise.
Brian C. Smith, Mayor