11.06.19 ‒11.19.19 ‒ vol. 15

Construction of New Municipal Services Center Discussed at Village of Pelham Meeting

By Stephen E. Lipken


Village of Pelham Mayor Chance Mullen opened the Tuesday, October 22 Board of Trustees meeting, reporting that details with the developer and their attorneys regarding the Pelham House are still being worked out.


“The saga of our garbage services is quickly coming to a close,” Mullen continued.  “Waste Services, Inc. is in Bankruptcy Court and Westchester Solid Waste Commission suspended their license on August 1st.  “The Bankruptcy Court ordered us to award a bid to the new hauler by Friday, December 6th   for the next two years.  We will have collections through December 6th.”


Mullen expressed disappointment that the developers of 101Wolfs Lane Net Zero Building missed their deadline to apply for site plan approval and must reapply.


Eagle Scout candidate Sanjay Seecharan, Boy Scout Troop 1, Pelham outlined his plans to build a small bridge over the Highbrook Highline flood zone for his Eagle project, using pressure-treated lumber, granite or concrete foundation and laying a rock or gravel bed to significantly reduce erosion.


A Resolution was passed creating a Pedestrian Safety and Traffic Calming Committee, organized by Trustee Ariel Spira-Cohen.  Four residents were appointed, Joe Battaglia, Todd Cross, Marta Elena-Wisdom and Amanda Jaskiewitz.


A pressing Resolution was establishing State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), regarding the intent of the Village to construct a new Municipal Services Center.  Architect Peter F. Gaito, Jr., Peter F. Gaito & Associates, White Plains presented a slideshow regarding Fire, Police Stations, Parking Deck 2 and Village Hall.


Gaito said the Fire Station has a basement prone to flooding. “There are no separate women’s restrooms, tripping hazards, not ADA-complaint, having no turning circle for wheelchairs; no sprinkler system nor elevators. Vehicles get nicked and dinged trying to exit the narrow opening.  The Parking Deck structure is failing.


“The Police Station needs more female and male prison cells; entry/interior is not ADA-compliant.  Village Hall, constructed in 1925 is a two-story, wood frame house; entry not ADA-compliant; no fire-suppression system and no restroom on ground floor.”

Gaito estimated that $17,410,000 is needed for all improvements.




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