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Buffer Zones, Waterfront Work to be Discussed

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – The local villages that comprise the Rivertowns have a unique identity that Hastings Mayor Peter Swiderski believes is important to maintain.

“Coming up from Yonkers, a heavily built up area, this is the first of the real Rivertowns,” Swiderski said.  “We want it to maintain that soft edge.”

With this is mind, the gateways to the village have been discussed as areas that need to be watched over and kept more or less green.

“There’s a sense that there’s a green buffer and an oasis zone when you’re entering the village,” Swiderski said.

While these less developed areas have been described as serving many duties such as a types of storm water drainage, the preservation aspect has been at the top of the list of many officials.

“What we’re preserving is sort of the scenic qualities of our gateways,” Trustee Meg Walker said.

Swiderski said the village’s comprehensive plan opens “a can of worms” of recommendations that could take years to fix so these are only some of the items to look at.

The Hastings board of trustees will discuss ideas for these gateways along with even larger issues such as what to do with the waterfront cleanup going forward at its meeting on Tuesday.

Constructing waterfronts that are both appealing and useful to the public is something that has been undertaken in many villages including Dobbs Ferry, which has already begun a makeover of its Waterfront Park.

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