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Contractor Chosen For Larchmont's Palmer Avenue Streetscape Project; Clean Up Wendt Avenue

The Larchmont Board of Trustees awarded a bid to a Mount Vernon-based contractor for the Palmer Avenue Streetscape Project at their Aug. 13 meeting.

 

After a decade in the making, the is finally ready to take off now that Mount Vernon-based Di Marino Brothers Contracting, Inc. has been awarded an approximately $1.27 million bid to start work on the much-anticipated upgrade to sidewalks, trees and curbs along Palmer Avenue from the train station to .

One of the recent projects completed by Di Marino Brothers was the $2.4 million renovation of a football field in New Rochelle’s Flower Park, according to the Construction Equipment Guide website.

“We hope to break ground between now and Labor Day,” said Mayor Anne McAndrews about the Streetscape project, which is slated to take five months to complete.

And, because the Palmer Avenue Streetscape is designed to benefit the village’s business district, its construction schedule has been carefully modified to allow for minimum interference to local stores.

“We are making every attempt to make this disruption as palatable as possible to our merchants,” said McAndrews.

But some residents were hopeful that the project’s reach would not be limited to Palmer Avenue.  

Syrette Grant, a resident of 52 Wendt Ave. and former chair of the Village Planning Committee, said that ice cream containers from Red Mango and other detritus from nearby businesses on Palmer Avenue littered her street on a daily basis.

“I think there’s another piece of the healthy business district and I think that piece has not been addressed,” she said.

Grant and her husband, Frank, have taken on the task of cleaning up the litter on a daily basis, she said, because no one else had stepped up to help.

“People tend not to clean it up but they’re observing this and it does not look like what we would like the image of Larchmont to look like.”

Although McAndrews was supportive of the clean-up as a potential “Phase II” of the Streetscape Project, she said paying for it would be a challenge.

“If we can frame this into the new statewide initiative of bringing business to New York…there may be some openings,” she said, referring to the potential for grant funding.

The board brainstormed several potential solutions to the problem including putting out “no littering” signs; holding a village clean-up day for Wendt Avenue modeled after the Sheldrake River clean-up day; putting together a litter task force and campaign and asking Red Mango to put trash cans in parking lots on Wendt Avenue.

“It’s all about personal responsibility. It’s hard to believe 40 years after the birth of the environmental movement, people are still littering like this,” said Board member John Komar in disbelief.

“We really have to have sort of a unified, focused issue on the debris and the cleanliness of that area back there, because it’s really awful,” said McAndrews.

The next Board of Trustees meeting will be on Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m.  There will be a public hearing on water rate increases and a public hearing on an assessment of the streets and curbing portion of the Palmer Avenue Streetscape Project.

Gloria Goldstein August 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM
These are our kids - and some grownups - who litter every day. They have the tatoos and the fancy clothes to prove it. Have we somehow failed to transmit to them a sense of responsibility for the "social sphere". They certainly know how to take care of their personal one! Their sense of entitlement matches that of their parents to a tee! How about fining Red Mango for every piece of litter that has to be cleaned up?
youmustbekidding August 22, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Those are animals that litter everyday.....Just like animals they drop their stuff and don't know how to pick it up....If everyonr just did their own sidewalks and curbsides we would not need street cleaners...Since we don't get the streets cleaned often enough, it is up to each individual to clean up a piece, not that two people have to go out of their way to pick up after an animal....
Harold R. August 22, 2012 at 02:24 PM
You must be kidding.
roman August 22, 2012 at 02:57 PM
i think this is simple to cure. Have the police dept enforce the littering laws with $100 fines.no exceptions the word will travel fast especially if the newspaper does a piece on it.a sign in the store will help.
Anthony Marcuso August 22, 2012 at 11:39 PM
"Simple cures" rarely work. The first time the police give a littering summons to one of the town's well connected, or merely the son or daughter of a lawyer, the town will find itself backing down really quickly. This is kind of a class matter. Some people take it for granted that they can do whatever they please. And then drive off in Mommy's BMW convertible. Our gilded youth. Our downfall.
Ralph August 23, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Since most of the litter originates from one very successful store, why does that store not "police" the area two or three times a day, every day, and set up litter containers outside the store that might just encourage people not to litter.

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