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Port Chester LWRP Plans Could Beautify 'Gut' Area

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – The Village of Port Chester’s Waterfront Commission held a public meeting Wednesday inside the senior center to discuss the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, or LWRP. The group, along with planning company BFJ, talked about possible plans to beautify parts of the downtown waterfront area.

Among the proposed projects are the implementation of a downtown green space in the aquatic area between Costco and the waterfront parking lot known as “the gut.” The space, which has been dubbed “Cove Park,” is critical to the area’s beautification, BFJ said.

“We see this as a small central park for downtown,” Frank Fish from BFJ said pointing to the gut. “We’re hoping that this can become the centerpiece of the waterfront.”

The LWRP divides the waterfront into the five subareas of Greyrock, Fox Island, Columbus Park, Downtown and Brooksville. While the LWRP addresses all five areas, BFJ discussed proposed projects for Fox Island, Downtown and Columbus Park subareas.

According to a presentation from BFJ, the original LWRP, which dates back to 1992, is outdated and ill equipped to properly address the current needs of the village.

Lifelong Port Chester resident Angelo Sposta was against filling in the cove-like area.

“I understand the park would be great, but I can’t imagine giving up any inch of waterfront,” Sposta said.

Additionally the LWRP plans to consolidate the village’s department of public works operations on Fox Island and increase and enhance public access south of the sewage treatment plant. The plan also aims to extend the walkway to Columbus Park and increase marina activity further downstream.

An LWRP is a state sponsored program that develops usage plans for the village’s natural, public, working and developed waterfront. Additionally it creates an implementation strategy and coordinates the necessary actions to achieve the plan’s vision.

A schedule produced by BFJ has the final draft of the LWRP being drafted in mid-March, with the final LWRP available for adoption in June. To view the 136 page plan visit the village's website.

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