As the river dredging dramatically begins with giant cranes, there’s a new buzzing further up Beekman.
Men in fluorescent orange work vests are chainsawing all the old locust tree/weed mess adjacent to the parking lot used now by the Bridge View Tavern.
This brought up the questions of what’s to come with this lot when the GM site finally gets developed, where will BVT customers park, and why are these workers cleaning it up now?
Village Administrator Antony Giaccio explained that Bridge View now rents the lot from GM.
GM, he said, is cleaning the back portion of the lot as part of a “good will gesture” since so many workers are stationed here for a while doing the Hudson dredging.
When the development gets underway, the top portion of the parking lot will become village property as per the deal with GM, but Giaccio said “what the village will use it for is undetermined at this time." Last plans for the development had the bottom portion slated for a movie theater but Giaccio deemed that pretty unlikely.
The eastern parcels of the GM site will also be deeded to the village, he said. Once there was talk of that being a commuter lot or another train station, both of which are "off the table."
As far as the parking problem that may result when all the many customers of Bridge View have to use Beekman instead, Giaccio said the village is considering reducing parking hours on that portion of the road “to prevent commuters from parking there all day long.”
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