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December 2019

Centro Larchmont Condominiums Discussion Continues

By Stephen E. Lipken


Village of Larchmont Mayor Lorraine Walsh announced at the Monday, November 18th Board of Trustees the availability of online water bill payments by E-Check, ACH Transfer and sign up for paperless billing, beginning in December.


Walsh added that the Village supports efforts of New York Conference of Mayors’ (NYCOM) increase in Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM), water, sewer infrastructure funding and increases in the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) for Village without additional taxes.


Police Chief John Poleway mentioned the Westchester County Behavioral and Mental Health Services.  “Westchester County has developed a new high-tech outline by Westchester County Community of Mental Health in cooperation with the County’s Information Technology.  Substance abuse and mental health services can be located through westchestergov.com with link ‘dcmhs,’ typing in ‘dcmhservices.’


Poleway disseminated the new Bail Reform Law, going into effect on January 1, 2020.  All but most serious perpetrators will be released on their own recognizance.  Discovery, including in-car and station house videos, etc., must be turned over to the defendants within 15 days.


Walsh emphasized the need for mixed-use buildings, especially the Centro Larchmont Condominiums project replacing run-down buildings in the Palmer District.   The Board agreed that a 2-deck parking garage was not needed on Wendt Avenue and height of the Wendt building reduced to 4 or 5 stories. Twelve-foot high “luxury ceilings” are especially appreciated.


Elk Homes Chairman Gary D. Hirsch called for 2 staircases, 2 elevators and a residential lobby with a doorman; Wendt Avenue building width reduced from 40 to 35 feet, reducing the value by 20%.  Many people said with “empty nesters,” children would not be a significant factor, since homeowners want yards for kids to play in.


At the Work Session, Village Administrator Justin Datino gave an update on the New York Power Authority (NYPA) study, displaying a Philips LED Bulb to be retrofitted in Town and Country light fixtures at $200 each.  “If we swapped out all the fixtures, we would save $60,000 a year in electrical costs,” Datino noted.