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Village Capital Projects Include Police Body Cameras, Tennis Facility Repairs, More Teardrop Street Lighting, and Sagamore Park Improvements PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter

May 22, 2019: The Bronxville Board of Trustees, at its regular meeting on May 13, addressed the approval of capital projects and the funding of those projects over the next five years.

Projects approved via a resolution include the purchase of body cameras for police officers; repairs to the tennis courts as well as fence replacement and a security camera for the tennis court; street and curb restoration; the replacement of police vehicles, a new DPW dump truck, and a new sanitation truck; teardrop street lighting; a new electronic fingerprint machine; playground upgrades for Sagamore Park; traffic improvements to the Kraft Avenue and Meadow Avenue intersection; and repairs to the Pondfield underpass.

Although the trustees approved upgrades to the Bronxville Public Library HVAC system and the construction of a new department of public works garage, both projects require an environmental review and were not included in the bond resolution presented.

“Some projects will be financed using unassigned fund balances rather than debt financing,” Village Administrator Jim Palmer stated. “We want to move forward on some of these programs now.” He added that the decision about how to fund the projects need not be made right away and noted that no purchases can be made until the projects are put out for bid and bids are accepted.

Palmer reported that, while the village can make certain repairs to the Pondfield underpass steel columns, he has attempted to secure an agreement with Metro-North Railroad to coordinate work schedules between the two entities so that all column work can proceed at the same time. Palmer has also asked the railroad for definitive substantiation of its position that the village is solely responsible for repairing the underpass sidewalks and sidewalk railings.

The village has worked with a consultant and Police Chief Christopher Satriale to determine the best traffic and pedestrian signaling for the Kraft Avenue and Meadow Avenue intersection. The traffic signal has been on a flashing yellow mode for several months because it can no longer be repaired. The village is procuring cost estimates for signal replacement.

Work on the Parkway Road parking lot, formerly the Avalon lot, is progressing. Landscaping has been installed. The lot is scheduled for a soft opening in early June. At that time, pedestrians will also regain access to the walkway leading from Parkway Road to the Metro-North Railroad platform.


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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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