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Friday, April 28, 2017

Freightway Steering Committee Meeting April 27, 2017


Last night there was a meeting of the Freightway Steering Committee in the Trustees' Room in Village Hall starting at 7:00 p.m. promptly.





In attendance, as you can see partly from this picture:

Former mayor Jon Mark, chairing the meeting then, all of the above on the agenda except: Kristin Friedman, Andrew McMurray and Chris Morin who could not attend. ( I hope I got this right, since I arrived late by a couple of minutes, the meeting is not recorded, please report any inaccurate information ).

In the picture, to the left of Jon Mark is Farley Baker, Justin Arrest, Jim Blum, Ingrid Richards. To the right is Marc Samwick, Mathew Martin, Barbara Jaffe, Heather Harrison, Liz Marrinnan and from BFJ: Frank Fish and others I could not include in the picture.

My apologies to those I could not include in the picture. I try to be as unobtrusive as I can taking pictures and at times this means I cannot take everyone. I will try to equalize exposure at the next opportunity.

Those around the table, are the ones on the Committee and then there were the following in attendance as well:

Brice Kirkendall-Rodriguez, Lena Crandall, ML Perlman, Trustee Jane Veron, Trustee Matt Callaghan and myself.

First, all the committee members introduced themselves with a few sentences:

Jim Blum: consulting engineer, second generation resident of Scarsdale, Barbara Jaffe: 44 years resident, she does work for Amy Paulin, Farley Baker runs his own constructing firm now, was chair of the BAR, etc., Marc Samwick, on his 4th year as Trustee, 20 year resident, Justin Arrest is in commercial real estate, Mathew Martin 10 year resident, currently president of SNAP, president of Arthur Manor, Heather Harrison real estate agent and resident for a few generations.

From BFJ, Mr. Fish talked about various current challenges to keep in mind, such as; the fact that UBER is replacing people driving cars and soon there will be autonomous cars, so parking will not be such an issue. Shopping on the Internet is replacing retail and that millennials like to be near transportation. He thought it best to design a flexible structure with flat surfaces, so that if a garage became obsolete in the near future the building could easily be converted to residential.

Trustee Callaghan sitting next to me told me he remembered when Heather Harrison was born and that they had been friends with her parents for a long time. It is such connections that make our volunteers' work invaluable- when it works- it is great. I know I have been critical of our volunteers' work, but it is only because I want to see this town be better and not be engulfed in concrete. Unfortunately too often, we seem to be focused on immediate returns and do not take a more prolonged view with delayed returns. In the long term we want this Village preserved and not taken over by mega-mansions or be a victim of the real-estate industry.

In this vein, I hope this Freightway report will have a green component not only in green design, but also in physical green terms with plants, shrubs, year round vegetative interest, maybe a water fountain or so which brings to mind these pictures I took in Europe last summer and this past Spring:






First two from Switzerland, last one in Oxford, UK.


They said they will have a website, with all information uploaded, they want all e-mail to go through Liz Marrinnan, they will hold a public meeting on June 12th.

May 23rd, there will be a walk to the site, meeting at 8:00 a.m. at Martine's at the Village Center and on May 31st a meeting of the Steering Committee prior to the June 12th public workshop.

The final report will be produced by February, 2018.




Any omissions, corrections please report to Lika@Save-Scarsdale.org.

Last revised at 12:47 p.m. EDT Friday April 29th, 2017.

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