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May 2018

Deputy Village Attorney Andrea C. Rendo (left) and Frank P. Allegretti, Town Attorney.

Town/Village Experiencing Building Boom

By Stephen E. Lipken


Opening the Thursday, February 15 Harrison Town/Village Board meeting, Mayor Ronald Belmont requested a Moment of Silence “for the [February 14] South Florida tragedy” (Parkland, FL).


After the usual personnel actions, including retirements of Kenneth DeMarco of the Highway Division in the Department of Public Works and Police Officer Jeff Nardi, attention turned to approval for demolition of a “zombie” house downtown, deemed by Belmont as a “detriment to the neighborhood” for $70,000 appropriated from Fund Balance to be reimbursed when the property is sold.


However, other building projects are bustling within the Town, including authorization of a professional services contract with Woodard and Curran for construction inspection support services for the Wegman’s Food Market project at a cost not to exceed $112,000, including various upgrades to infrastructure within Corporate Park Drive.


John Verni of Verco Properties requested a Public Hearing for the March 22 Town Board meeting regarding a Special Exception Use Permit for replacing the Harrison Playhouse Lofts.  “Instead of 42 units at 6 stories, we will have 36 units of luxury rentals on 4 ½ stories, an onsite gym, a common courtyard, coffee shop on Purdy Street; a 1,000 square-feet patio on Purdy Street, roofed terraces plus spreading the project onto the Fusco property to have the best downtown in Westchester.”  Belmont added that Harrison is the 20th safest municipality in the country, according to Neighborhood Scout Survey. Peter Wise of DelBello, Donnellan, Wise and Wiederkehr, LLP requested a Public Hearing for the March 1 Town Board Meeting regarding a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) special permit for Harrison Station TOD.


The giving spirit of the Town continues, as Westchester Brassmen donated $300 for Harrison Senior Citizens and Nina Marraccini reported donations of $300 from Men’s Soccer League and $1,284 by Marie Briganti to Harrison Food Pantry.