Yorktown's Outgoing Administration Persists with Depot Square Plan

Supervisor Michael Grace as he debuted his plans for Depot Square in June 2013. Credits: File Photo/Brian Marschhauser

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The incoming administration’s reservations over Depot Square has not stopped Supervisor Michael Grace and the Town Board from pushing the project forward until the bitter end.

At Grace’s final meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19, he and the board voted, 4-1, to award a $120,000 contact to David Tetro, an architect, to draw up plans for a new highway garage and parks offices on Greenwood Street.

The plan, for which the town has already been awarded $1.2 million in state grants, also calls for the highway garage at Front Street and Underhill Avenue to be demolished and sold to a private developer, which would be expected to construct a mixed-use building with public amenities.

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Since he first proposed the concept four years ago, Grace has maintained that the project would cost Yorktown taxpayers little to nothing. This can be accomplished through grants and the sale of the highway garage property, Grace said.

On Dec. 19, the board also voted, 4-1, to apply for another $1 million New York State grant, which would be used to fund the public amenities, such as a flagpole plaza, walkways and a fountain.

The outgoing supervisor once again lobbied his successor, Ilan Gilbert, to reconsider scrapping the plan.

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