The Village of Sleepy Hollow was at an impasse with a partially inaccessible RiverWalk at Ichabod’s Landing sinking into the river, and not enough money to fix it any time soon.
The Hudson Harbor developer, National RE/Sources, also now constructing on the Castle Oil site in Sleepy Hollow, in recent talks with Mayor Ken Wray and building department’s Sean McCarthy, stepped up and quickly offered, at no cost, to help repair the nearby sagging bulkhead with its coned off sinkholes.
So quickly in fact, that they, along with Sleepy Hollow DPW crews have already been at work tearing up stones on the walkway and repairing sinkholes.
The job at hand is less dramatic than the major overhaul once proposed. In fact, different expert opinions “conflicted,” said Village Administrator Anthony Giaccio, on if it was really necessary to repair the whole thing when a lesser fix might be just enough.
Giaccio thought this fix would take us through another five to ten years. The plan, rather than replacing the entire bulkhead, is to get in and basically seal these holes, with a series of fabric, small stones, larger stones, then concrete. Many of the sidewalk stones are being replaced by grass in order for the village to be able to monitor if new sinkholes arise. As they were excavating the stones, Giaccio said the workers were able to see the sinkholes clearly and know what they were working with.
Giaccio expects the project to be complete by month’s end. The promenade needs to remain handicapped accessible so some of the area’s stones will return, he said.
Trustee MacFarlane, who also lives at the Landing overlooking this promenade, said, “Mayor Wray…deserves our thanks for saving the Village a large amount of money. And, it is being fixed right now! It is really wonderful news, and such a generous thing for the developer to do.”
“Our experience so far with [National RE/Sources head] Joe Cotter has been good,” Giaccio said.