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Port Chester OKs Land Purchase to Improve Edgewood Park

Village to decide best way to use Grace Church Street site adjacent to park.

Port Chester has decided to buy a residential property on Grace Church Street to improve community access to the village's Edgewood Park.

The village Board of Trustees on Monday night followed through with a recommendation of the Port Chester Park Commission from June to buy the property and authorized the purchase of 201 Grace Church St. The price: $300,000.

The purchase is being funded through cash on reserve to buy park land and funds paid to the village by developers. 

Park Commission members, in recommending the purchase, said it's rare for a property that is directly adjacent to a park to come on the market. They said the site, if made part of the park, would improve access to the park and improve safety for residents using the park.

While Park Commission members have suggested the property could be used as parking for Edgewook Park, Mayor Dennis Pilla said the village will take a close look at details of exactly how to use the site once the land has been purchased. The property, which includes a small house, came on the market over the summer.

The property was listed on the CJ Pagano & Sons real estate brokerage web site for sale at $375,000. The house is described as an 1.5-story, 1,152-square foot, two-bedroom Cape Code style single family home built in the 1930s.

Park Commission members say the land purchase will help improve safety for Edgewood Park users because current parking in the area is very limited on the very busy Grace Church Street.

With the village Board of Trustees approval, it's now up to the village manager and village attorney to complete the purchase.

 

Aidan November 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Smart. Great opportunity to create an even better public park.
Bart Didden November 20, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I am amazed it passed, in the last executive committee meeting only Brakewood and I were in favor. The Mayor and Marino were against citing that we were not flush with cash and unwilling to spend.
Aidan November 20, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Thanks for your tribute to common sense. That's a bargain price ... and that side of the village needs the same sort of spaces we see elsewhere. If we acquire the land, we become the master of the future uses. That alone makes it a smart purchase. "Not flush with cash"? C'mon. How much of a burden could this be for the village? A $300,000 piece of property? Spare us the idiocy.
JERRY TERRANOVA November 20, 2012 at 02:24 PM
THANKS BART=AND THANKS TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED THIS==EVEN THOSE WHO DIDNT=
Bart Didden November 20, 2012 at 02:27 PM
if you send me an e-mail address to bdidden at aol, I will send you back info on the price and how the bargain price was reached. I will tell you this it is not complementary to our leadership. The usage of the park is non existent because the site is over grown. we should immediately send our tree crew in to clear the view to the park while we go forward to remove the house and create the much needed parking to support the increased park usage.
Aidan November 20, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Amen. STOP shuffling your feet.
jml December 17, 2012 at 04:45 AM
We need a nice dog park in p.c !!
jml December 17, 2012 at 04:50 AM
We have so many plain parks !!,look at abendroth Its barely used they should use that space and put something for the kids like a water spray park like they did on Columbus park ...except Columbus park nly is really usefull for the people on that side of town .It would be nice e it somewere located in the middle for everyone and there kids .

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