A warm welcome to Susan Sayre Batton, named by The Dia Art Foundation as managing director, Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries. Ms. Batton succeeds Steven Evans, who left Dia in July of this year to become the executive director and curator of the Linda Pace Foundation, in San Antonio, Texas.
Read more in the DIA press release.
An open letter from Mayor Steve Gold:
This letter is to announce that the Transit Oriented Development zone, in its current form, will no longer be considered or advanced for further discussion, by the Mayor and the City Council. While the MTA has stated they will only build a TOD based on the levels enumerated in the current TOD, and that they plan to add 400 additional commuter parking spaces, we hope they will continue to work with the city and our residents to find a mutually beneficial TOD development. However in summary, the current TOD zone density is unacceptable.
I am taking this action as a direct result of the open discussions that have taken place between the city council and the public in a series of outreach measures taken over the last year, which includes: special presentations, articles in the Beacon Free Press, Beacon Citizens Network, Channel 22 broadcasts, public hearings, town hall meetings, ward meetings and special meetings with concerned groups such as Beacon Deserves Better and the city’s Main Street Corridor Committee.
It is my understanding, and the understanding of the city council, that the public holds deep rooted concerns about Main Street business, traffic, road widening mitigations and views. These concerns persist despite measures the city has outlined in the TOD zone to mitigate negative impacts, and the numerous legal safeguards provided for the city in the environmental impact review and the special use permit process. That is to say, we have listened to your concerns and are responding.
We believe that many people, and we understand not all, support the concept of a Transit Oriented Development at our waterfront. A well constructed TOD in Beacon will lift Main Street business, provide more customers, encourage visitors to Beacon, create jobs, increase the property tax revenues for the city and the school system, and utilize the leading environment smart growth principle available for land use development. Most of the language in the current TOD draft zone will remain; however, the council will begin discussions and study a reduction of the density in all areas of the TOD zone.
The new density levels are not yet established. Discussions will begin with a one third reduction over the current TOD zone. Our goals are: (1) Retail space will be reduced (by more than half the current amount) to limit the shopping/dining experience and enhance the allure of historic Main Street. (2) Commercial space will be reduced to provide business activity but leave Main Street as the primary commercial area. (3) Residential units will be reduced to lower the height and number of buildings, and to open viewsheds. (4) We will reduce the number of 400 commuter parking spaces to completely eliminate the need to widen 9D near Verplanck and reduce traffic congestion. While 9D is a state road which may limit our control, the City of Beacon will not support, and will resist, the widening of 9D in the vicinity of Verplanck Ave. The zone will state that if the MTA desires to increase ridership they are encouraged to provide satellite parking – bus service and financial incentives, for other locations outside of Beacon. (5) The total of all new parking spaces will be lowered because of the reduction in commuter parking and corresponding residential/commercial units. (6) The developer will be required to provide plans, or possibly finance and build, walkways, bicycle paths, and a limited number of residential/commercial units on property owned by the City of Beacon located on Beekman Street and West Main Street. The purpose is to encourage a non-motorized access between Main Street and the waterfront. (7) The council will explore the possibility to permit the developer to increase the maximum allowable densities in certain areas, if it can demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that no adverse impacts will be created.
We greatly appreciate your input over the last year. The council will be seeking your views to the new TOD draft zone outlined above
Original posted on Beacon Citizen Network.
On August 2, 2010, Scenic Hudson will begin constructing a new $8.5 million park on the peninsula it owns on the Beacon waterfront. The existing Long Dock Park will be closed during construction. The Klara Sauer Trail, which links the train station to Dennings Point, will remain open.
Once finished in summer 2011, Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park will feature a new pavilion, a kayaking center, a restored barn for environmental education and arts programming, extensive rehabilitation of wetlands and meadows, and self-guided displays that tell the story of the site's history, ecology and sustainable design.
Visit Scenic Hudson for more information.
Join us on August 3 for a fun, exciting and completely FREE experience at the 3rd annual National Night Out Celebration!
National Night Out is a family event for America's fight against crime. Everything is free: food (hot dogs, veggie dogs, ice cream, popcorn, pizza), entertainment, displays, demonstrations, inflatables, games, raffles, contests, giveaways, and more! K104 will be doing a live radio broadcast. The event is sponsored by Target and Shoprite in Fishkill.
The National Night Out celebration will take place on August 3rd from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Beacon's Memorial Field near the Pop Warner concession. To make a donation (please) or for further information, call Kathy Deutermann at 845-797-5988.
Two southern Dutchess projects have received a financial boost from the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency.
The agency approved financial aid to Adams Fairacre Farms’ for construction of a Wappinger store. The incentive package includes potential exemption from sales and use taxes on building materials; exemption from real estate transfer taxes and mortgage recording taxes; and a property tax break under NY state’s 485-b incentive program.
The Beacon Chamber of Commerce was offered a grant of $4,000 toward a shuttle bus pilot project. The chamber now needs to raise the remainder of the $22,738 budget for hiring a 7-passenger van to run for 13 weeks starting in August 2010. The shuttle is scheduled to loop from the Metro-North train station through Beacon and out to Fishkill including the complex of motels located in Fishkill.
As reported in the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Dutchess County Mass Transit has announced new LOOP bus route schedules effective June 28, 2010. The new schedule is attached but is subject to change. In addition to the LOOP bus, Dutchess county privides limited service to and from the Beacon train station, see the Commuter Trains Connection (CTC) schedule.
We strongly recommend checking the LOOP website for updated information before planning a trip. The LOOP information line is (845) 485-4690 and is available Monday—Friday, 7am—5pm.
On Wednesday, July 21 there will be a TOD information meeting for residents in Wards 3 and 4. The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Veteran's Memorial Building (413 Main Street).
Denise and Elbert Gaither have opened Gate's Fish & Fries at 244 Main Street. In addition to fish and chips, they serve various sides and sandwiches. Dine in or carry out. For more information call (845) 831-1008
The Recycling Center will now operate for the summer on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will be closed on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
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Residents, please note: Special pickup of large tree branches will end after all streets are cleared.
Traditional brush pickup rules will apply thereafter: Brush can be no larger than 6 inches in diameter and 6 feet in length.
Grass cuttings and bags will only be picked up in the fall.
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