Special Board Announces May 14 Community Workshop

Perspective view of Village Garage development concept

Conceptual drawings of Dockside, Marathon, and Village Garage to be discussed

 The Cold Spring Special Board for a Comprehensive Plan/LWRP will hold a Community Workshop on Saturday, May 14 from 2 – 4:30 p.m. at the VFW on Kemble Avenue. The workshop will discuss the new conceptual drawings of Dockside, the Marathon Battery site, and the Village Garage site (off Fair Street). Ray Curran, a planner and illustrator working with GreenPlan, the consulting firm assisting the Special Board, prepared the drawings.
       Many of the drawings will be on view at the Cold Spring Village Hall (85 Main Street) from May 4 – 13, (weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.)  “We want people to consider these ideas and to think about the strengths and weaknesses of each proposal.  Ray is helping us see how these spaces could work — how to manage traffic and parking and the scale of buildings, how pedestrians can be safe, how to have good access, and how we can respect the natural environment,” said Special Board chair Michael Armstrong. The Community Workshop will give residents an opportunity to hear presentations about each of the concepts, and to voice their suggestions and concerns. The Special Board encourages residents to examine the drawings on display at the Village Hall to study the ideas for these areas.            

Plan of proposed Village Garage development concept

The Village of Cold Spring has a contract with the State to prepare a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan/Strategy, with a final deadline of November 30, 2011. This will complete the first of a two-phase process that may ultimately lead to a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program for the Village. In addition to the May 14 Workshop, the Special Board plans to hold a public forum on recommendations on September 17, 2011, that distills what it learns from the public regarding the key projects. Drawings by Ray Curran


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5 thoughts on “Special Board Announces May 14 Community Workshop

  1. Upon reading these proclamations from the Special Board / Mike Armstrong I instantly envision the “Special Going Out of Business Sale” at the local furniture place on Route 9. It seems that it is perpetually “going out of business” in order to drum up attention and customers.

    Just as it seems that Mr. Armstrong and his Comp plan, now in it’s fifth year of tax payer funded operation, drum up a new “key project” or two to keep the Comp plan rolling perpetually. By this rate, the plan will be ready just around the 20 year mark…and will need to be started all over again.

    Sounds kind of like a spin off of Gilligan’s Island and their three hour tour…that went on and on for 98 episodes…and here we are still on the same island, parrots squawking.

    That’s not even to mention the obvious question…exactly under what authority is the Comp Board and their tax payer funded Planning Consultant undertaking drawings of Village property and presenting them to residents? Isn’t this why the Village of Cold Spring has it’s own Planning Board? Or has the Comp Plan morphed into the Office of the Future – performing duties of the Planning Board, Zoning Board, Historical Review Board and Recreation Commission all in one…well done Mr. Armstrong.

    And why does the Village of Cold Spring need to prepare a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan/Strategy? Last time I was in town our waterfront looked pretty vital and full of life.

    A.W.

  2. Thanks, Pete, for the additional link, to make it even easier for people to take a look at the concept drawings. We’ve posted the drawings in displays at the Village Hall (9 – 4 pm, M – F), and put them on the village website. We hope as many people as possible will come to the Saturday, May 14 Community Workshop (2 pm, VFW Hall on Kemble Avenue), where each of the projects will be discussed. You’ll have a chance to ask questions and comment on the ideas. What do you see as their strengths? their weaknesses? This is an important and timely step in the making of our Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, since recommendations for these projects are due in September.

    Mike Armstrong

  3. Mr. Armstrong, since I can’t make any of your public presentations or comment periods I would like to make just one suggestion…please stop wasting taxpayer money.