Top Eastchester Stories Of 2012: Girl Scout Cabin Lease

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After some acrimony, the town and the Eastchester-Tuckahoe Girl Scouts were able to reach an agreement on a new lease.
After some acrimony, the town and the Eastchester-Tuckahoe Girl Scouts were able to reach an agreement on a new lease. Photo Credit: Contributed

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – The Eastchester Daily Voice will head into the new year by counting down, in no particular order, the top 10 stories from 2012.

For a while, it appeared that the Girl Scouts of Eastchester and Tuckahoe may lose their Highland Avenue cabin as they battled with the town over a new lease.

In the end, the two sides were able to reach a three-year agreement, and the scouts were able to keep the only home they’ve known since 1958.

The stalemate occurred when the town sought to control the “house that Girl Scout cookies built,” named because its construction was funded by profits from the popular treats. Since it was built, the cabin’s lease had been regularly renewed for $1 a year..

The three-year lease has an option for an additional three years if the Girl Scouts live up to all of the requirements in the initial period. By reaching this agreement, the Girl Scouts will continue to have a place to host their monthly meetings and summer camp.

The lease requires the Girl Scouts to assume responsibility for maintaining the property. The scouts had difficulty getting a face-to-face meeting with town officials, which caused the delay in signing a fresh lease.

“The thing that really solved the problem is when our attorney, the town’s attorney and the Town Supervisor [Anthony Colavita] had a direct dialogue, not through emails. It only took one phone call, though I understand it was quite a call,” Pamela Makin, director of the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, said in August.

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