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Improving Downtown Streetscapes Workshop Tops Village Manager's Report

Mayor Philip Zegarelli says the village is seeking public input on the future of its downtown business district. A workshop has been set for Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the WJV Community Center, locate at 1 Library Road.
Mayor Philip Zegarelli says the village is seeking public input on the future of its downtown business district. A workshop has been set for Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the WJV Community Center, locate at 1 Library Road. Photo Credit: File

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Briarcliff Manor is looking for the community's input as it gets ready to tweak its downtown “streetscape,” said Village Manager Philip E. Zegarelli in his weekly report.

A public workshop on the business district’s future has been set for 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the WJV Community Center, 1 Library Road.

The village has engaged BFJ Planning, an urban design group based in New York City, to come up with some concepts. The village is looking to update sidewalks and curbing as well as replace antiquated lighting along the Pleasantville Road strip.

A few oak trees may have to be removed, the village manager said. Their roots have lifted up the bricks on the sidewalks and have grown down around the water main, he said.

“You hate to talk about taking down trees, but these have kept growing and growing, causing damage,” Zegarelli said.

The village has already amended zoning regulations in the downtown district that would allow building owners to construct apartments or office space above the businesses.

The tradition concept of a downtown has evolved and now it’s time, Zegarelli said, to “re-state and re-do.”

“We’re going in the right direction,” Zegarelli said.

Other items in Zegarelli’s Sept. 16 report include:

  • Community Day 2016: Zegarelli extended a big thank you on behalf of the village’s recreation department and advisory board to everyone in the community that made the annual event held on Saturday, Sept. 10, a success. A special nod went to the village’s police and fire departments, public works and parks folks, as well the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club. The weather, turnout, food and entertainment were all great, Zegarelli wrote.
  • Road paving program: Problems with the contractor’s paving machine meant that the village’s road repair program got off to a slow start, the village manager said. Roadwork will continue for a while, but “like root canal, this too shall pass,” Zegarelli said.

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