NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--The almost-one-acre idle lot along Route 22 (formerly the site of Dino & Artie’s Automatic Transmission Co.) is currently vacant, but to some, it appears to be full of possibilities.

The North Salem Open Land Foundation has expressed interested in repurposing the 0.8 acre as a very small public park, of sorts. Since plans are so preliminary, exact terms for the potential space have yet to be defined, officials said.

Located directly behind the platform of the Croton Falls Train Station, and bordered on its east side by Route 22, the site is accessible to the commercial and residential properties that frame it and a short walk from the shops and businesses that share a space with the train station.

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North Salem Deputy Supervisor Peter Kamenstein held a public discussion on the matter Nov. 15 at the Croton Falls Fire House, where he was joined by representatives of the North Salem Open Land Foundation. Together, they brainstormed options for the site. Suggestions included constructing a gazebo and benches on the lot. They also discussed including educational components like marking the space’s native plant species. Some participants said they envision the space as the site of a weekly farmers market.

“The town wants to do something with the Dino & Artie’s property because [Croton Falls] is the gateway to the hamlet of North Salem,” Kamenstein said. “[The] Croton Falls hamlet could be a great little semi-destination. Certainly a place where the commuter traffic could take advantage of the shops and restaurants here.”

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