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Pound Ridge Partnership Presents Courtyard Plan

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – The Pound Ridge Partnership is hoping to give a gift to the town.

The group wants to create a “green space” courtyard in Scott’s Corners and gave a presentation about it to the town board at its meeting Thursday night.

“This is unprecedented,” James Best, local architect and board member of the Pound Ridge Partnership, said after the presentation. “Therefore, as in unchartered territory, there are questions to be answered and obstacles to be overcome before the gift can become a reality.”

Best has been volunteering his professional services in connection with this project at no cost to the town or the Pound Ridge Partnership, along with Louis Fusco, a resident and landscape architect.

The courtyard would be constructed in two phases in the area between Plum Plums Cheese Shop and the Promo Queens that runs from Westchester Avenue to the back parking lot.

Terry Pike, a Pound Ridge Partnership member, said the process of developing the plan has brought together the pro-bono work of these professionals who are united in the vision that the town can be more attractive for the benefit of all its residents.

“The vision includes an opportunity to create memorials for people who have given of themselves for the town,” she said. “Unifying the residents, businesses and landowners, while beautifying the town, is a worthy cause, despite obstacles to be overcome in the process.”

Best told the town board that the project would extend the brick wall that already exists between the two buildings, which runs adjacent to area. It also calls for the creation of a serpentine seating area.

“It’s a pretty simple plan,” he said. “There is an asphalt walk that goes through there and people travel it. When want to target that point for beautification and maybe add some signage that would direct them to some of the stores.”

Best said the idea was to create something similar to what exists between Blind Charlie’s Café and DiNardo’s restaurant.

The Partnership’s next step is to apply for site plan approval and a special use permit from the planning board later this month. The town board, acting as both parking commission and town board, hopes to hold a joint public hearing on April 5 on the matter after it hears back from the planning board.

Best said the two owners of the adjacent properties have signed off on the project and granted their permission to build the courtyard.

Town Board member Dan Paschkes told Best he worries about what would happen if those properties get sold some day.

“I’d like to see you obtain some easements,” Paschkes said. “I suggest that you meet with some council before you spend some significant money. I worry about liability too.”

Best said the group has met with an attorney and was addressing all those issues.

“We are drawing up the papers to make sure those things don’t happen,” he said.

Pike said that the courtyard project fits into the beautification goals of the second annual Pound Ridge Pride Day, scheduled for May 20.

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