Four Corners traffic congestion (a daily occurrence) and flooding (less frequent) are the subjects of a study requested by the town of Greenburgh in an attempt to show Hartsdale residents that their town board cares about them — an absence often lamented by Edgemont. To hammer that message home, the town board last year passed a resolution authorizing $150,000 to study traffic and flooding at Four Corners, an intersection fraught with many problems.
However, the manner in which the town’s Department of Community Development and Conservation cCommissioner Garrett Duquesne pulled strings is emblematic of how heavy hands muddle still waters and turn a silk purse into a sow’s ear. Instead of seeking the best firm for the job, he chose the yellow brick road paved with good intentions but less likely to produce such. The town’s Request for Proposal sought firms with the capability to conduct studies of both traffic and flooding. Instead of courting firms that specialize solely in traffic studies or in flooding studies, the RFP was worded to recruit firms claiming to be capable of performing both tasks. What the public interest requires, however, is the best possible information, whether it comes from one or two firms.
But of greater concern is the thought that no firm with integrity and proud of its work should have responded not knowing what boundaries to study. Specifically, from where to where would a traffic study be conducted?
Mr. Duquesne has kept this knowledge close to his vest for far too long and, despite his protestations, there is no reasonable basis after 18 months for him not to specify where the Four Corners starts and where it ends.
As for the two buildings being considered for demolition on W. Hartsdale Avenue, certainly they should be demolished and to do so, the town has returned to the old school RFP model which asks firms to respond to the town (the request) which is looking for firms to demolish the two buildings (the proposal) located at 10 and 14 W. Hartsdale Ave. (the where) and to submit their best (lowest) bid to win the job — which is how the RFP for Four Corners studies should have been written.
And even at this late date, Town Supervisor Paul Feiner says he is unsure why these parcels were purchased for $400,000. Can anyone help him out? Presumably to be part of a future right turn lane were the NYS Department of Transportation to go along with such a plan — but the DOT has not been formally approached nor would it have any immediate interest. It should also be noted, the owner of the key parcel, which is leased to DairyDel/BagelDel, has never been officially approached about future plans. Feiner said he wants to know the location’s suitability for parking, yet every building on the west side of Central Avenue has parking on-site, and the width of Central Avenue makes it unlikely anyone in the apartments to the east or anyone walking to the train station would use the location for parking.
What a fine mess, Stanley.
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