Board Highlights August 14, 2023
By Kathy Savolt -
Liliana Mendoza Sworn in
Lifelong Village resident, Liliana Mendoza, was sworn in as the latest Village of Mamaroneck police officer. With her parents, children, and other supporters looking on, Mayor Murphy administered the Oath of Office. Mendoza is now off to the police academy for training.
Mayor Murphy announced at the work session that he worked with the NY Community Fridge Corporation, doing business as (dba) Grassroots Grocery/Mamaroneck to find a location for a community refrigerator. See HERE for previous article.
First proposed for the Library, the new location is on Village-owned property adjacent to the Library Lane parking lot. The Mayor even brokered a deal between Grassroots Grocery/Mamaroneck and the Washingtonville Housing Alliance for a power connection. See HERE for map.
When the Grassroots Grocery/Mamaroneck representatives first approached the Village, the Mayor responded with an enthusiastic letter of support. See HERE.
The Board of Trustees will have to vote on the lease of Village-owned land to a non-profit corporation.
Trustee Lucas asked if any permits and/or approvals were necessary, and the Mayor asked Village Manager Barberio to handle whatever is needed.
Hunter Tier Parking Lot Housing Request for Proposals (RFP)
With a 5-0 vote, the Board of Trustees voted to authorize the release of an RFP to find a developer to build 100% affordable housing on the current parking lot across from Village Hall on Prospect Avenue. See HERE
With several supporters in the courtroom holding signs of support, eleven people spoke on the action, with many supporters and others who questioned the completeness of the RFP and some of the details therein. Loss of parking was an issue that several speakers raised. There also seemed to be a question of whether the Village had the capacity to work on flood mitigation and affordable housing simultaneously.
When it came time to vote, the Mayor suggested amending the RFP to change the date when responses were due, giving responders until October 23rd and requiring all interested developers to be present at a site visit hosted by the Village. The Board agreed and voted unanimously and Barberio stated he would release the amended RFP on August 15th.