By Steven Goodstein
A public hearing was recently held to discuss the plan for a brand new library for Westchester Square.
On Monday, June 27, at the Hutchinson Metro Center, where Community Board 10, Councilman James Vacca’s office, the Westchester Square Business Improvement District and the Westchester Square Merchants Association discussed the progress of a plan that will result in a brand new, state of the art library for the area.
The proposed two-story, glass structure, 12,000 square foot library will replace one of the two buildings that currently make up the Huntington Free Library at 9 Westchester Square, after the property is acquired by the city following the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure process.
As a part of the plan, the smaller of the two buildings on the property, a two-story red building that currently houses archives, will remain on the property to preserve the history of the Huntington Free Library, which dates back to 1892, intact.
It has also been said that the red building, which is adjacent to the library’s main building, will obtain landmark status so it will be properly preserved.
The new library will also include accommodations that neither of the are’s libraries currently provide.
Unlike the Huntington Free Library as well as the New York Public Library – Westchester Branch at 2521 Glebe Avenue, the new library will provide wheelchair accessibility for the senior population, among other improvements.
At Monday’s meeting, the vote was unanimously approved, after Community Board 10 expressed their interest and voted in favor of the project.
“This new library will be a unique but unquestionably positive addition to the community when it is built,” said Martin Prince, chairman of CB 10.
“I am very pleased to see that the approval process of this project is moving in the right direction,” said Councilman James Vacca, who allocated over $11 million to the project.
“This state-of-the-art library will bring a new kind of attention to this neighborhood and this district,” said Lisa Sorin, executive director of the Westchester Square BID.
“Everybody in the area will benefit from this project – seniors, high school students and businesses. This is definitely a win-win-win.”
“The fact that a brand new library is coming to Westchester Square is fabulous,” said Sandi Lusk of the Westchester Square Zerega Improvement Organization
Although the community’s overall opinion of the new library seems to be overwhelmingly positive, there are some who are not in support, stating that the proposed glass structure doesn’t conform to the area’s identity of cement and brick-style buildings.
Some want the library at another location. A brand new, six-story building on 1550 St. Peter’s Avenue wa suggested as an alternate site.
“I am definitely in support of this project, but I don’t see why the building on St. Peter’s Avenue wasn’t considered as a potential site – it even looks like a library,” said Lou Rocco, Westchester Square Civic Association president and a resident of the area for nearly 40 years.
The new library is expected to open in 2020.
Source: Bronx Times Reporter
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Greater Riverdale is now being seen as the perfect solution for well heeled New Yorkers and new comers alike being weary of spinning their wheels in hopes of finding a Manhattan or Brooklyn property or rental as prices are still climbing even higher than previous peak markets. If you’re loving the city life, not willing to give “it” up, but feel it’s time to move out of that once affordable (You do have better things to do with your money, don’t you?) cookie-cutter, tightly squeezed in, girdle tugging high priced shoebox habitat that was in the oh-so hot place to be in…blah-blah-blah…Well now is the time to think NoMa!
Come join the new flocks of island hoppers migrating from Manhattan, and island boroughs to the east, who are now nesting across the Harlem River into greater Riverdale; the Bronx whose acronym is NoMa just to the North of Manhattan. The Bronx, once an unheard of option for “outsiders” has quietly regained its esteem attracting the hearts, minds and wallets of the financially matured economically savvy New Yorker, who has discovered the logical joy of Riverdale’s oasis inside the Bronx.
“Why Riverdale, what bargains?” If you compare a three bedroom apartment in anyplace Manhattan, the cost is well over $1 million, right? Ah ha… now consider a spacious three bedroom with Hudson views and garage priced at $429,000 or perhaps a convertible three bedroom with terrace and garage only $329,000? Need a four bedroom rental in Kingsbridge Heights/Jerome Park? Check out this amazing townhouse duplex rental for only $2,200 per month which features sunny open views, hardwood floors, two full baths, two-car garage, back yard, roof deck, c/a/c and an easy walk to the subway…OMG! No kidding you’ve got to love the Bronx!
Recognized as New York’s first commuter “railroad suburb,” Riverdale was developed by five businessmen in the mid 1800’s who desired a convenient “view location” with an easily accessible commute using the New York Central railroad, hence the Riverdale station, which still operates near West 254th St. Today’s travel time to Grand Central Station is only 25 minutes; less time than most subway riders journey to and from home/work in Manhattan! The surrounding area known as Riverdale’s “Estate Area” consists of landmarked estates, gated private roads, tucked away enclaves, old-world cul-de-sacs, and much more…a true wonderland escape just steps away from the hustle and bustle of the harried city. Are you house hunting? Ask me about availabilities. If you’re not a house buyer but still want to see and experience Riverdale’s elegant past please visit Wave Hill, the 28-acre New York Public Garden & Cultural Center; again, you won’t believe you’re in the Bronx.
Fun fact: According to the NYC Green Book, there are 304.8 square miles of land area that make up New York City. Of that total, 14.7% or 44.7 square miles of that area is park space. The Bronx has a total land area of 42.4 square miles with 10.8 square miles of park space totaling the greatest percentage of park space to total land area 25.6% of the five boroughs of NYC. Hooya, you’ve got to Get BX’d!
There’s more to enjoy in Riverdale too: This year the College of Mount Saint Vincent located in north Riverdale on Riverdale Ave. at 263rd St. is hosting Riverdale’s own RiverFest 2012 which celebrates the Hudson River and supports the Hudson River Greenway.
Update: The Riverdale Crossings Mall yet to be built is estimated to cost $80 million will be anchored by BJ’s Wholesale Club and rumored to announce a large sized theme-dining experience restaurant. Now, as the saying goes, “Everything’s Under the Bridge” in Kingsbridge and truth be told it’s a bargain shoppers delight for amazing values, goodies ‘n funky finds with a couple of well below wholesale priced designer shops on West 231st St. Are you still on a budget and hungry to indulge yourself with quality and quantity “cheap-eats?” Then treat yourself to the two best mainstays on 231st St.: the legendary Piper’s Kilt, and/or the famed Tibbett’s Diner.
Walkable and convenient–You’ll love the life in NoMa! “It’s On.”