Many residents have asked how the feasibility study came about. I will give you a condensed version here, but anyone who is interested in the longer version may find it on the village website.
In 2009 the Board of Trustees, along with former Mayor Tish DuBow created the Village of South Nyack Comprehensive Planning Board (CPB). As the state requires, municipal zoning laws are based on comprehensive plans and the existing plan was out of date. A survey was sent to residents and the results were used to guide the members of the CPB. The CPB proposed goals that would promote both economical and cultural sustainability for South Nyack. The proposed strategy to achieve these goals included the concept of redeveloping Interchange 10, which would include a feasibility study. At the same time, the Rockland County Legislature included the need for a feasibility study in their Comprehensive Plan.
In the first quarter of 2014 the Village’s application to the New NY Bridge Project Community Benefit Fund was approved for $250K to fund the study. The County Executive agreed that the County Planning Department would assist South Nyack in writing the request for a proposal (RFP) and that is where it stands now. When the RFP is finished it will be approved by the Board of Trustees and sent out for bid.
South Nyack residents like the character of our village and we want to keep it that way. We are known as a quiet residential community with diverse demographics in both income and ethnicity. When the Thruway came through our village back in the 1950’s, it virtually eliminated our entire business district. The Village is now almost exclusively residential, which means sustaining itself on residential property taxes. The redesign of Interchange 10 could foster both economical and cultural sustainability while we maintain our unique identity that expresses the characteristics of our Village.
On a different note, please be reminded to bring your electronic waste to the drop off center located at the DPW headquarters, 65 Brookside Avenue, from 9 a.m. to noon.