The Village has just published the Request For Proposal (RFP) for our feasibility study. This is an important milestone for South Nyack. For several years a group of dedicated volunteers worked to come up with a plan to help make living in South Nyack more affordable, while retaining the character of the Village that we all love.
The State’s original plans for the new Tappan Zee Bridge and widening the Thruway through South Nyack stimulated a lot of thoughts about Exit 10. We also realized that the plans to add a pedestrian and bike path to the new bridge would cause problems for the Village unless we had a plan to take advantage of it. What became known as the Village of South Nyack Economic Sustainability Initiative identified redevelopment of Exit 10 as a way to bring a source of revenue to alleviate taxes, and to create a new village center to regain our identity lost when the Thruway bisected our village.
Earlier this year, we were awarded a grant to fund the study from the New New York Bridge Community Development Program. Bidders will submit their proposals by the end of the year and we’ll evaluate them in January. The RFP and Initiative are posted on the Village website.
We continue to press the State to expedite their study of possible ways to handle SUP traffic and parking and present the alternatives to you. Ideally the SUP planning would be coordinated with our feasibility study, but we have to consider that we may need an interim solution.
We congratulate the Village of Nyack on winning a grant to make improvements for bicycles and pedestrians. When the new SUP opens, Nyack hopes to benefit from the new visitors it attracts. Our study includes looking into how we can provide connections between South Nyack and downtown Nyack. As our plans develop, we too will apply for grants to fund these sorts of projects.