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Village to Hire Expert, Assess Streetscape Problems

Possible construction gaffes will be addressed

Update: Richard Kavesh, Nyack's mayor, has said the village will not have to pay for the Streetscape expert's input.

Although Nyack's is ongoing—Main Street has yet to be outfitted with lights and newly-paved roads—the village is hiring an expert to assess possible pitfalls and improvements.

Richard Kavesh, Nyack's mayor, said the price for hiring the expert would be "nominal."

"We are going to hire a very moderately priced but highy experienced 'Streetscape expert' to take a look at what we've done and make recommendations," Kavesh wrote on the Village of Nyack Facebook page.

Originally, village officials were entertaining the idea of spending $13,000 to reduce the width of unwieldy planting beds created by the Streetscape. Kavesh said this area—which has also left a fire hydrant in the middle of the sidewalk—was not the work of a construction company seeking to bilk money out of the village.

"I'm quite sure... that our very honorable contractor A-Tech did not construct the incursive planting beds in the hopes of earning money from a change order," Kavesh said.

Other issues with the Streetscape project include a loss of six parking spaces, the bump-out on Main Street and Franklin, exposed streetlight bases and .

The Streetscape project, which has roots in 2004, does have supporters—.

"I think anything new is always nice," said Umberto Turiello, one of the owners of pizza place . "The only thing is parking—it took a few spots away. But something new, something fresh is always refreshing."

proprietor Patti Aagard has been a supporter from the beginning. "The Streetscape is a work in progress, so I think it's premature to judge its success," she said. "When the project is completed, it will enhance the community's quality of life, as well as revitalize the downtown economy."

James Politi, Nyack's village administrator, maintains the Streetscape is an ongoing process that will yield positive results. It is the largest project Politi has been a part of since being hired. And with regard to lost parking spots, Politi says some were actually gained.

"No parking spaces have been lost," he explained. "The 'bump-outs' for pedestrian crossings took several away, but the closure of the Main Street access to the Riverspace Parking has provided more parking spaces."

Debbie Maidman September 28, 2011 at 12:33 AM
"you people" are us. point being, these issues should have been addressed and thought of prior to making the streetscape what it is today.......people were certainly paid already to at least have the foresight to address these problems prior to implementing this plan. And human nature dictates especially if you are elderly that perhaps parking blocks away is not an option; or if you just want to run into a store for a minute to pick up a card or apick u p a take out order, you dont have to walk 5 minutes to get to that store and back again to your car......, and worry about paying to do so without getting nailed by our "parking authorities".....
JC Brotherhood September 28, 2011 at 03:09 AM
The problem is with the assumptions made so far in iterating the problem. I don’t know how else to put it. Nyack seems insane in that it keeps repeating the same behavior while hoping for a different result. Streetscape is indicative of dystopia, well intentioned and mal formed. It is and remains a problem of access, walkers, bikers drivers, bussers cabbers oh and did I mention strollers? Public access continues to be undervalued compared to private property. Café permits are permits not rights and need to be regulated and enforced. When did your restaurant annex my sidewalk? In consideration of what?
Nyack 51 September 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM
In this case doing nothing or less would have been better. By the way, "you people" are tax payers that care about the village and how our money is spent.
F.W. September 29, 2011 at 04:05 PM
I'm not afraid to walk into Nyack and do my shopping or go out to dinner. I walk home, alone, in the dark after a concert at the library - we should all walk more and stop caving in to fear-mongers. The only problems I have with the planting areas is that there's no place a passenger can get to the sidewalk from a parked car - so the plantings are going to get trampled for sure, and there should be higher sides so people don't trip on the edges or just walk right over the mulch.
Richard Benfield September 29, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Hmm. Maybe the board should have done the study before embarking on this misadventure. I love Nyack, but I wonder about the people who run the place. rb

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