This memo is a sad one….
It’s been 19 years since 9/11 tragedies. Joan Balkcom remembers her sister, Sharon Balkcom this Saturday, September 7th at 3 PM with family, friends and neighbors at Winding Ridge Memorial Garden, 22 Winding Ridge Road, White Plains. A reception will be held at the Theodore Young Community Center beginning at 3:30 PM. It’s one of the most moving ceremonies I attend each year and highlights how neighbors were impacted by this tragedy.
An article about Sharon and Joan who lived t Winding Ridge before the tragedy appeared in Westchester Magazine in 2010.
Other residents of Greenburgh were also impacted by the tragedy of 9-11. Last year a committee was formed to interview residents on TV who experienced 9-11. Listen to their stories (the interviews we have conducted so far can be accessed by clicking onto the link below. The town will replay each of the 9-11 interviews all day on public access TV every 9-11. And, this will be a continuing project with many more interviews to be conducted in the future.
Robert F. Weinberg, a major developer in Geenburgh, passed away this week. The co-founder of Robert Martin Company passed away at the age of 90. Mr. Weinberg played a significant role in the development of modern Greenburgh. You might shop at a shopping area that he built, you may buy food at a supermarket he was involved with or live at one of his developments.
Working side-by-side with his life-time business partner, the late Martin S. Berger, Mr. Weinberg and the Robert Martin Company developed homes and office parks. In 1957 Mr. Weinberg began his career by modestly building five single-family homes in Ardsley. They quickly expanded, building larger single-family home developments in Hartsdale. Highpoint in Hartsdale was built- thanks to his leadership.
In the late 1960s, however, they took a step that was to change the course of their business and in real ways, even the trajectory of economic development in Westchester. Acquiring a large tract of land on Route 9A in Greenburgh, Weinberg and Berger decided to build an office-warehouse park, the first of its kind in Westchester County.
The company also constructed over 1,000 apartments in Elmsford and Greenburgh. Mr. Weinberg worked with The E Irvington Civic Association. Avalon rental apartments were approved and the town acquired Taxter Ridge Park. A controversial project turned into a win-win opportunity for the neighborhood association and developer. Everyone worked together.
Mr. Weinberg invited me to participate in a group of about 40 people that meets for lunch seven times a year. Off the record discussions of a wide range of issues pertinent to Westchester’s future including transportation, housing, planning and zoning take place. The group includes other officials, corporate leaders, editors, civic leaders of all different political persuasions. There is a lot of give and take at these meetings –we all are provided with the chance to explain reasons for decisions and our vision about the future. For example, we discussed mixed use development years before it became popular nationally. Stop & Shop on 119, the Sheraton and other new uses for the corridor were built thanks to Mr. Weinberg. One of his goals: a 9A bypass that would reduce traffic congestion in Elmsford. The state of NY seems to be taking steps that could make this happen.
Mr. Weinberg was a thinker and a do-er. He was also involved in many charities. At our next Town Board meeting I will ask the Board to schedule a moment of silence in his honor and memory.