South Nyack’s RFP for Feasibility Study re Exit 10

South Nyack made progress this week and published its Request for Proposal (RFP) to conduct a feasibility study. Deadline is December 31; submissions will be reviewed in January. Village residents are still waiting for a meeting with project officials to discuss Exit 10 and land reclamation.

Aerial view: note the hairpin right turn from S. Broadway

Aerial view: note the hairpin right turn from S. Broadway

Mayor Bonnie Christian called it “an important milestone for South Nyack” in her November 3 update. In today’s update, Christian said she was as frustrated as are the Board and residents at waiting so long to schedule the public meeting.

Earlier this year, the village applied for, and was awarded, a $250,000 grant through the bridge project’s Community Benefits Program — a $20 million fund established by the state and Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) to aid communities close to the construction zone.

For village resident Jennifer Hilmes Rothschild, it’s about communicating with residents. “The bottom line (at that meeting) is people were shocked that plans were in the works, and demanded more transparency.”

Even South Nyack TZ Bridge Task Force member Connie Coker was surprised no date has been set. “When we (Richard Kohlhausen, Jerry Ilowite, Greg Toolan, and Nancy Willen) were asked to come up with new ideas (after last March’s meeting), we didn’t expect so much time to pass,” she said.

Landscape architect Kathryn Wolf’s drawing of proposed shared use path terminus (from March 20 meeting)/ Credit Trowbridge Wolf Michaels, Landscape Architects

Landscape architect Kathryn Wolf’s drawing of proposed shared use path terminus (from March 20 meeting)/ Credit Trowbridge Wolf Michaels, Landscape Architects

“This has to be done in cooperation with the Thruway Authority, and (their) plans for the interchange,” Ilowite said. “It’s not possible to handle all negotiations at all meetings.”

Coker agreed residents could have been better informed about the task force, whose discussions focused on traffic, noise abatement, parking in front of houses, which is not allowed, and other issues, she said. “And we should have been more vigilant so residents know they’re being benefitted, and that we’re not operating behind closed doors.”

Aware that Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) and the state are on fixed schedules, Ilowite and Christian are glad the study is being addressed. “We hope to leverage the project to benefit South Nyack and the region by sharing the interchange,” Ilowite said. “It’s a chance to get back the land and use it for economic development.”

Rothschild maintained the village’s options lessen as time passes. “The only safe area for the terminus is Exit 10 land, and a feasibility study has nothing to do with this.” While such a study would benefit the village, she felt the greater need is to configure the road so it could be safely accessed, with the state providing parking as in Tarrytown.

Coker hopes the next meeting with project officials “will be an introduction to the concepts and won’t be the last meeting (on this subject). Each neighborhood has its issue. Designers and Thruway Authority are doing the best they can to minimize the adverse impact on South Nyack.”

Residents can sign up for email alerts on the Village of South Nyack website.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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