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TONIGHT: BOARD TO ACCEPT GOUVEIA, SCHOOL REMAINS ON PROPERTY, A MESSAGE FROM CROTON UNITED
January 19, 2015
Tuesday, Jan 20 at 8pm, the Village Board will vote to acquire the Gouveia property.
Gouveia property, located at 1300 Albany Post Road (at the foot of
Arrowcrest Drive), was, until recently, a private residence. For several
years the current village administration has expressed its support for
acquiring this property as a public park, and thereby foregoing the
approximately $40,000 in property taxes it generates, despite
significant public opposition. If the village takes the property, it
does so with the agreement that it will maintain it forever as parkland
and never develop the property (nor transfer it to anyone who would
develop it), no matter what the cost. The land, if acquired, comes with a one-time bequest of $1 million dollars.
Board put the vote on this issue on the public agenda on Friday
afternoon of the holiday weekend, with a large number of related
documents as exhibits. Among those exhibits is the report of the
citizens Ad Hoc Committee that investigated possible uses of the
property. The Committee report was never circulated to the citizens of
Croton, and there has been no public hearing to discuss the report.
Likewise, despite the Mayor’s promise, there is no updated cost-benefit analysis, only
the outdated analysis done at a time when it was assumed that the
former owner would be responsible for years of maintenance of the
reason becomes apparent when you read the Ad Hoc Committee report: not
only is there no concrete plan for revenue generation other than
collecting rent from the operation of a private school run by a
politically connected nonresident, but in fact the Committee says that
the house should be “off limits until further study” as a means of
avoiding the costs associated with bringing the private property into
compliance with laws related to public use.
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