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As Significant Village Projects Approach Completion, Trustees Look Toward Revising Community Plan PDF Print Email


By Carol Bartold, Senior Reporter

Sep. 13, 2017:  As summer comes to a close, two significant village projects, the Kensington parking garage at Villa BXV and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Midland Valley Drainage project, are reaching completion. At the same time, the Bronxville Board of Trustees is looking toward its next big project, revising the community master plan.

Village Administrator Jim Palmer reported to the Bronxville Board of Trustees at its September 11 meeting that final inspection of the Kensington Road garage at Villa BXV is under way and testing of the two pump components of the FEMA projects is scheduled for this week.

Palmer stated that signage is being installed and that the village will make parking spaces at the Kensington garage available in the near future. Residents can find information on the village website. "We suspect there will be much interest in commuter parking spaces in the garage," Palmer said. A number of spaces will be allocated for merchant permits. No specific number was given.

Later in the fall, Palmer said, arrangements will be made for LK (Lower Kensington) parking permit holders to have space in the garage. LK permit holders have been provided with street parking for the duration of construction on the Kensington garage. "We will work to get them into the garage before winter sets in," Palmer stated.

Mayor Mary Marvin announced that the trustees will be examining village zoning, planning, and quality of life considerations as part of the community plan, last revised in 2009. She noted that residential and business concerns will be evaluated and addressed.

In residential areas, the trustees will address such factors as neighborhood parking; construction projects, the time frame of those projects, and how prolonged construction affects the quality of life for neighbors; residential teardowns; and tree inventory.

"In the business district, we're looking at having to move with the times," Marvin said. "We have to make sure it's not hard to open a business in the village or transition from soft goods to service." She emphasized that the village must be responsive to people who want to do business in Bronxville.

Marvin noted that overall village appearance will be a part of the plan. Factors to be considered are cleanliness of the business district and its sidewalks; the condition of village parks; and lighting in both business and residential areas.

The Bronxville Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, October 10, at 8:00 pm in the trustees room at Bronxville Village Hall

Pictured here (L to R): Trustees Randolph Mayer and Anne Poorman and Mayor Mary Marvin.

Photo by C. Bartold


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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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