Some Webber Park neighborhood residents in the area of New Broadway whose controversial corner might by its owner will do everything in their power to stop the move.
While neighbors support the not-for-profit health care facility and the services it provides particularly to our low income and Hispanic residents, they don't want it moving to this residential area.
“I am vehemently against this,” said Donna Ulto, who lives near the empty building. She is concerned both about the decrease in her home value and the safety risk of her two young children with the traffic to come.
Traffic is sore subject for residents of this street.
Just this week in the Police Beat, Patch reported on an overturned tractor trailer truck on New Broadway, unable to back out or make a turn. Trucks getting stuck here happens less now since the median and signs were placed to stop them from errantly entering from Route 9, but there are still too many cars coming through, and parking, for most residents' comfort.
“Their position [that people will be walking to the clinic] is absurd,” Ulto said. While this may be true for those who live in the Inner Village and currently walk to the Beekman location, this may change after the move. “If you're coming to a clinic, it's because you're sick and not feeling well. You're not going to walk, you're going to get a cab or a ride and get dropped off.”
Ulto imagines the mess of cabs trying to pull over on North Broadway and opting instead to duck into New Broadway, then either doing a U-turn, backing up, or racing down the road to “get their next fare.”
“The street is busy enough as it is, let's not take a chance," she said.
Other neighbors Josephine Galgano agree. "I plan on being [at the meeting tonight] and hope to bring others," she said.
Ulto recalled the “nice meeting” that Open Door officials held at the new space recently, when they tried to reach out to neighbors – even going so as knocking on doors to present themselves as a “good neighbor.”
“But if they were a good neighbor, they would have never come to this spot,” Ulto said.
To the other points Open Door will present at tonight's meeting, Ulto thought offering a crossing guard and shuttle service to employees was a "nice gesture" but wondered about that realistically happening. No one will policing parking and people will park on our streets, she said.
Ulto wondered how Open Door bought the building fraught with so many issues to begin with unless they were led to believe a variance was possible, “and that scares me.”
Meanwhile, Mayor Ken Wray has announced that current Planning Board member Glenn Rosenblum has been appointed the new chair. This follows the recent of former Chair George Tanner.
Tonight's meeting is at 7:30 p.m. in Sleepy Hollow Village Hall.