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Release Date: March 07, 2014

SALE DATE OF FRANK’S NURSERY TO BE DISCUSSED BY TOWN BOARD TUESDAY….YOUR ADVICE WANTED –should we hire a broker/auctioneer or conduct the sale ourselves?

The Greenburgh Town Board will discuss scheduling a date for the sale of Frank’s nursery on Dobbs Ferry Road at our work session on Tuesday. I anticipate that the sale of the property will take place around June, 2014.  We have been showing the property to potential purchasers. About 10 potential purchasers have expressed interest in bidding on the property.


YOUR ADVICE WANTED---What makes the most sense for the town? We could conduct a silent auction ourselves, avoiding commissions to brokers or other third parties –possibly generating more revenue for the town. We could hire a commercial broker or professional auctioneer. Or, we could do an RFP on our own.  If we hire a broker or professional auctioneer we might be able to interest businesses who we never thought of to submit a bid for the price.  Please provide me with your advice asap since we want to move forward with the sale of the property quickly. 





The entrance ramp to the Tappan Zee Bridge (I-87 northbound/I-287 westbound) from South Broadway (Route 9) in Tarrytown will close to traffic for the duration of the New NY Bridge project, beginning at approximately 10 a.m. on Monday, March 10.


Working in close cooperation with local municipalities, the New York State Thruway Authority, the state Department of Transportation and Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC)  have taken several steps to inform the public about the closure, and to direct drivers to the entrance ramp located nearby on White Plains Road (Route 119).


The actions include:

•             Incorporating various traffic systems improvements, including additional signing, traffic signal timing upgrades, and pavement re-striping

•             Notifying motorists, local residents, office workers, hotel guests and businesses of the ramp closure

•             Using multiple variable message signs (VMS) and other signage to direct motorists away from potentially congested areas and offering alternate routes to the bridge

•             Coordinating with the Hudson Valley Transportation Management Center (HVTMC), the Thruway Statewide Operations Center (TSOC) and the Transportation Operations Coordinating Committee (TRANSCOM) to monitor, in real time, traffic conditions and make adjustments as needed

•             Using real-time traffic alerts for motorists through 511.org and direct traffic camera feeds.

As a result of the closure, motorists who wish to travel northbound or westbound on the Thruway will be directed to bear right immediately after the closed ramp, onto what is referred to as the "jughandle" for Route 119. Motorists will proceed approximately 0.2 miles east on Route 119, turning right onto the I-87 northbound/I-287 westbound entrance ramp.


The ramp from Route 9 southbound to I-87/I-287 - known as "Ramp E" by the Thruway Authority - has been routinely closed for bridge-related maintenance projects in the past. Its complete closure is required to ensure safety for the traveling public and construction workers for the duration of the construction of the New NY Bridge.


TZC will shift Thruway traffic lanes onto the existing ramp area, effectively making it part of the highway.  The space surrounding the ramp will be utilized for construction access, staging and equipment, thereby reducing the amount of construction traffic on local roadways. New retaining walls are also planned for this area.


Prior to the start of the New NY Bridge project, the Thruway Authority conducted a comprehensive traffic study to determine the potential impact of closing Ramp E, and earlier this year TZC conducted an additional traffic study to verify its results. Findings from both studies indicate that the closure by itself will not have a significant impact on traffic though when traffic severely backs up on the Thruway, local streets could still be impacted.


Ramp E was initially closed on Dec. 5, 2013, but was later temporarily re-opened to traffic following several major delays that resulted - intermittently - on and after Dec. 13.


While the detour itself was determined not to have caused the traffic, a combination of events - including multiple accidents and a vehicle fire on the Tappan Zee Bridge, snowy weather and emergency repairs on the George Washington Bridge that diverted extra traffic to I-87/I-287 - all contributed to those delays, according to a release from the state.  It’s my hope that we will be able to avoid traffic problems when the ramp is closed on the 10th.

Please feel free to contact me and advise me of your experiences.



> Greenburgh Library Friday March 21 (10am - 5pm) Saturday March 22 (10 am - 5pm) and Sunday March 23 (1pm - 5pm) ALL PAPER BACK BOOKS 2 for $1 Great Selections in all categories And Save The Date for our giant Annual Sale:  October 18 - 19 - 20 Book donations always welcome - check our web site (friendsofthegreenburghlibrary.org) for info

Paul Feiner



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