News

Jul 2010
Tuesday
13
Grand Opening :: Gate's Fish & Fries

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

 


Jul 2010
Friday
9
Summer Recycling Center Hours

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. 

Thank you.

City of Beacon


Jul 2010
Friday
9
Brush Pickup

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.

Thank you.

City of Beacon


Jul 2010
Wednesday
7
4th Wall Buys the Old Beacon Theatre

4th Wall Productions, a Poughkeepsie-based performing-arts organization, has contracted to buy the long-shuttered Main Street theater.

4th Wall has announced plans to restore the theatre as their new home for plays and musicals... and a summer theatre camp; acting, voice, and choral classes; improvisational theatre for teens and adults; Teen Glee; puppet theatre; concerts; and independent movies.

Come see for yourself on July 10, 2010! Everyone is invited to an Open House  2pm-8pm and a Free Concert 6pm-9:30pm.

The Beacon Chamber of Commerce asks that anyone with photos or recollections of the old Beacon Theatre to please contact Jim Brady, President of 4th Wall Productions (jim@4thwallproductions.net).

From the 4th Wall press release.


Jul 2010
Tuesday
6
TOD Update

Update: On June 28, 2010 the City Council Workshop featured a Q&A with Professor John Nolan,Pace University School of Law, Land Use Law Center and Real Estate Law Institute. The full video of the meeting is now posted on the TOD resources page.

Background: The proposed Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zoning district is an important issue before the Beacon City Council and all Beacon citizens. Please review the TOD resources page for details.


Jun 2010
Sunday
27
TOD Q&A at the June 28 Council Meeting

An open letter from Mayor Steve Gold:

I am pleased to announce that Professor John Nolan has accepted my invitation to visit Beacon to speak and answer questions on the topic of the Beacon Transit Oriented Development, this Monday June 28th at the City Council Workshop Meeting at City Hall 7:00 PM.

Professor Nolan’s credentials include: Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law where he teaches property, land use, and the lawyer’s role in green development. He is Counsel to the Law School's Land Use Law Center and Real Estate Law Institute. Professor Nolan is a visiting Professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Professor Nolan has served as a consultant to President Carter's Council on Development Choices for the 1980's, President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development, New York Governor George Pataki's Transition Team, and Governor Elliot Spitzer’s Transition Team.

Professor Nolan is familiar with the Beacon Transit Oriented Development. He has offered several suggestions to the zone text that can be found in the February 7, 2010 Q and A document. At his request his staff has supplied the Beacon Conservation Advisory Committee with model TOD green building standards which we are using to enhance that portion of the code.

Members of the Beacon Deserve Better Committee, Main Street Corridor Committee, Beacon Conservation Advisory Committee, the Beacon Planning Board and the general public are invited to attend. Please pass this message on.

Thank you,
Steve Gold, Mayor

This letter is reposted fromBeacon Citizen Network


Jun 2010
Monday
21
University Settlement Camp Update

The University Settlement Camp Master Plan website provides residents, officials, and other stakeholders with timely information about the developing master plan for the USC property. The website is also a forum for public comments and questions.

Posted: The full final report delivered by Fairweather Consulting and the Chazen Companies to the City of Beacon at the City Council meeting of October 19, 2009.


Jun 2010
Monday
21
New Voting Machines

The Dutchess County Board of Elections will be hosting a series of open houses to introduce the new voting machines to the public. Held throughout Dutchess County, these events will provide citizens with an opportunity to experience what they will see at their polling place on Election Day.

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) has made it possible for every registered voter, including voters with disabilities, to vote independently and privately.   Due to this new statute, voters will be casting their vote by inserting a paper ballot into an optical scan voting machine, rather than using the old lever type machines.

In Beacon:
Veteran’s Memorial Building, 413 Main Street (corner of Main & Teller)
Wednesday, July 7 at 1:00 PM

For more information and other dates and locations, please call (845) 486-2473 between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm or visit the Dutchess County Board of Elections website.

 


Jun 2010
Monday
21
New Transfer Station Hours

Effective July 6, 2010

Transfer Station Hours:
  TUESDAY    7:30 am to 2:30 pm
  THURSDAY   7:30 am to 2:30 pm
  SATURDAY   7:30 am to 2:30 pm

The Transfer Station will no longer be open on Wednesday or Friday until further notice.


Jun 2010
Thursday
10
TOD Advisory Committee

An open letter from Mayor Steve Gold:

The City of Beacon is forming a committee to advise us regarding the Transit Oriented Development and TOD related issues, including zoning. Members of the TOD committee will perform research, present ideas and attend public city meetings when the TOD or a TOD related issue are being discussed including; city council, planning board, zoning board, consultant led public meetings, developer led public meetings and public outreach sessions. The committee will function for as long as the TOD related developments require city approvals. If you are interested please call 838-5000 and ask for a “committee application form” or email mayor@cityofbeacon.org.

Beacon Citizen Network readers are well informed, but in case you need to know....The TOD is a 22 acre $290 million dollar MTA proposed project that will require the city’s approval to be build. It is located on property owned by the MTA, on the east side of the tracks, which is currently the station parking lot. If the TOD is built, it will become a new waterfront neighborhood that will include a grid work of streets, sidewalks, trees, green squares, shops, apartments, condominiums, offices and a promenade all built on the superstructure of a double deck parking garage. The current draft version of the TOD zone includes 600 residential units in a number of 2-6 story buildings. The first and second story can be commercial space totaling a maximum of 120,000 square feet. In addition to the TOD, the MTA has stated its intention to build 400 additional commuter parking spaces with or without the TOD. (The MTA has the legal authority to add these spaces with limited powers afforded to the city).

The city council is currently working on improvements to the TOD zone and a master plan which if adopted will give the MTA the guidelines it requires to receive proposals from developers in a wide search. After the developer is selected, there will be numerous opportunities for the plan to be shaped to suit the city’s favor before final approval is given. The estimated construction timetable is for 3 equal phases with the earliest to be completed in 2015 and the last after 2020.

This letter is one of several on the subject of the TOD. The next will include potential advantages and disadvantages of the TOD and highlight opportunities for public input.

Thank you, Steve Gold, Mayor

This letter is reposted from Beacon Citizen Network