The Village has selected the planning firm VHB to conduct our feasibility study.
This is a major milestone in our efforts to promote economic and cultural sustainability for our village. The Village’s initiative envisions redeveloping the Exit 10 interchange, freeing up land that can be put to better use for the benefit of the village. The feasibility study will explore what practical options might be developed that would be consistent with our village character and yet bring much needed revenue to help offset our rising tax burden.
County Executive Ed Day generously offered the assistance of the County Purchasing Department to help us with the bidding and contracting. Director of Purchasing Paul Brennan worked with us to develop and publish a Request for Proposal for the study. We received bids from five firms. The bids were evaluated and scored using the County’s evaluation software system. The Evaluation Committee, consisting of Deputy Mayor Alain Leinbach, Planning Board Chairman Jerry Ilowite, and TZB Task Force Member Richard Kohlhausen, recommended VHB.
VHB is an accomplished planning firm with offices from Maine to Georgia. The White Plains office is the former firm Saccardi and Schiff, led by David Schiff, which was acquired by VHB in 2010. Mr. Brennan is now assisting us with drawing up the contract with VHB. We hope to have that finalized in the next month or so. The study is estimated to take about 8 months.
Your input will be critical to the study. As we get started, we’ll be letting you know the details of when and how we’ll begin these conversations.
The Trustees and I wish to thank the Evaluation Committee, Paul Brennan and his staff, and Ed Day.