EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – With ground officially broken on the 106-unit Glenmark Development in Tuckahoe, village officials have presented details about the renovation of Main Street Park.
As part of their agreement with the Tuckahoe Board of Trustees, developers agreed to spend no less than $150,000 to improve the park across the street from the luxury rental building, which will see the space completely overhauled.
The project is being developed by Glenco Residential in partnership with Roseland, Mirado Properties and Sharp Management. New Jersey-based architecture firm Minno and Wasko designed it.
Mayor Steve Ecklond said that he met with the principals of the development, and expects renderings of the plans to be presented to the board imminently.
“Some of the features the Planning Board have approved are just beautiful,” he said. “Quite a bit of work is going to be done in the park. The basketball and tennis courts will remain, but everything else will change. We’re renovating the entire park.”
There will be new fencing around the entire park, and new signage will be installed welcoming Eastchester and Bronxville residents into the village. The playground feature will be upgraded, and there will be updated lighting, bleachers and benches. A bocce ball or shuffleboard court may also be included in the final design.
While the developers are eager to get started on the project, the mayor noted that realistically he’s hopeful it’ll be completed by spring of 2015.
In addition to renovating the park, Ecklond said that the board might consider changing the name of the park.
“Technically, it’s called Main Street Park, but that’s only because it’s on Main Street. There’s probably a Main Street Park on every Main Street in America,” he said. “We’ve thought about having a contest with school children to possibly help us rename it in the fall.”
The Glenmark Development project has been in the works since 2005, when it was shelved due to the failing economy. The proposal was revived and revised in 2010 before gaining the necessary approval from the necessary boards last year.
Glen Vetromile, Glenco Residential’s development partner, said the new community, which will feature 61 one-bedroom and 47 two-bedroom units, would appeal to couples, singles and people in transition.
“There have been no new housing offerings of this type in this area in nearly two decades,” he said when announcing the project. “The demand for a quality residential offering with a high amenity package is very strong. Not everyone needs or wants a large home and many people want the carefree lifestyle that apartment living offers.”
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