February 18, 2014
The Character of Our Town is Threatened
A vitally important issue has erupted in Yorktown, which not only violates our basic rights, but also discriminates against a protected class of people: those with disabilities.
Rather than engage in reasoned debate, there are members of the opposition who are stirring up neighbor-versus-neighbor emotions that show our town of Yorktown in the worst possible light. I would not want to be a member of the town they would bring about, and there are many others who feel the same.
Therefore, Citizens for a Progressive Yorktown is adopting the cause of Compass Westchester, a residence for people seeking to overcome addiction.
Please review the information below. We also hope you can plan to come to the informational meeting at Town Hall on February 24th.
A Letter From the Applicants
Examiner News Editorial
June 25, 2013
Progressive Yorktown Promotes “New Aesthetics” for “Downtown”
Yorktown Heights, NY, June 25, 2013 -- Today at a press conference with the announced theme, “A New Vision for the Town of Yorktown,” Citizens for a Progressive Yorktown revealed plans that would enhance the town’s aesthetics and create a new sustainable and “walkable” development for downtown Yorktown.
According to Bill Primavera, spokesperson for Progressive Yorktown, sponsor of the event, “These plans have been developed and advanced by the administration and professional staff of the Town who asked our group to weigh in on the concepts and communicate them to the public. We fully support both visions.”
The first plan is for uniform Town signage in impressive “monument” signs that would present an enhanced image for visitors and would aid in directions to landmarks, services and businesses in town. The second plan is for a commercial and residential complex that would stand where the Highway Department is now situated.
“It’s basically about aesthetics and how our town presents itself to visitors, residents, homebuyers and businesses,” said Michael Grace, Town Supervisor. “I called Bill in to establish a task force to create a signage program that would have us look our best at each entrance area to the town. Also, as a practical matter, it would offer improved directions for visitors.”
Once established with architects and designers, the task force identified a concept which was designed by architect/designer Heike Schneider and Tim Beachak, owner of SignsInk, located in Yorktown. The first monument will be donated to the town by Beachak.
The second project is a complex to be known as Depot Square, envisioned as a new town center, but located where Yorktown’s original town center was, clustered near the Putnam Line Depot. It would be composed of commercial and residential development.
“Interestingly this was the original town center from the 18th century, then called Depot Square,” Primavera said. “In that area was a famous hotel called the Whitney House, long ago demolished.?The inspiration for the new plaza, conceived by architect Michael Piccirillo, is that very hotel.”
Depot Square is part of the overall downtown improvement plan that was addressed by John Tegeder, Yorktown’s Director of Planning.
“With this downtown improvement project, including Depot Square, we would create a new and vibrant town center, exactly where it was originally,” concluded Michael Grace.
Primavera described the overall mission of Citizens for a Progressive Yorktown, composed of business owners and residents, as supporting “intelligent and responsible business growth in Yorktown.”
“Our first project was to examine ‘intelligent and responsible’ business development which we support, but we also added to our list projects involving historic preservation and, now, community appearance,” he said.
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