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JOEL GINGOLD LETTER TO GAZETTE 8/4/13 ON THE GOUVEIA PROPERTY DEAL; please make the time to read his cogent analysis.
You will find additional community letters and articles available at the link posted below.
4, 2013 - To
No. 493 Not to Acquire the Gouveia Property.
of the ill-advised acquisition of the Gouveia property (this group seems to be
limited to members of the Village Board) have cited the benefits of the
addition of a mostly wooded property with river views on the north end of the
Village. Guess what? We’ve already got one!
a mile north of the Gouveia tract is the Saw Mill River Audubon (SMRA)
Society’s little-used Graff Sanctuary.
Graff is about twice the size of the Gouveia property, is fully wooded
and contains a network of wide, well maintained trails. One of these trails offers views of the
Hudson. It is open to the public without
Sanctuary, with access points on Briggs Lane and Furnace Dock Road, contains a
variety of habitats including old growth forest and deep ravines and a varied
topography. It is perfect for a quiet
walk in the woods on a nice summer day, which is exactly what I did last Sunday
afternoon. My dog enjoyed it too.
right across the street from the Gouveia property is SMRA’s Brinton Brook
Sanctuary, 150 acres of woodland, lakes, etc. containing an additional three
miles of trails.
best part, thanks to SMRA, is that these Sanctuaries are available to all
Croton residents, and others, without the investment of a single dollar of
Village funds or the loss of any desperately needed tax revenue.
in light of all this, what is to be gained by pursuing the Gouveia
negotiations? We already have a great
deal of land on or near the Hudson and Croton Rivers that is either owned by
the Village or available to Village residents at little or no cost.
Concluding this project will result in the
loss of substantial tax revenue for the Village and the School District as well
as undefined, very likely substantial, capital and operating costs for
development and maintenance of the property.
an impending battle with the Feds over our supposedly restrictive zoning
provisions and a myriad of other costly capital projects, we need to end any
further consideration of the Gouveia acquisition NOW!