Lewisboro Hopes To Revive Levy Preserve Parking Plan

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The Leon Levy Preserve baseline in full bloom. Supervisor Peter Parsons hope to revive parking lot plans for the Preserve.
The Leon Levy Preserve baseline in full bloom. Supervisor Peter Parsons hope to revive parking lot plans for the Preserve. Photo Credit: File

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Town Supervisor Peter Parsons is hoping to revive plans to build a parking lot at the Leon Levy Preserve in South Salem.

The plans were initially approved in 2008 by the Lewisboro Planning Board and the Architecture and Community Appearance Review Council (ACARC), along with the necessary permits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. However, those approvals have since expired and need to be resubmitted.

Parsons said the project never moved forward in 2008 because the town had no money to pay for it.

“It’s been five years and I now want to do it,” Parsons said. “The question to ask is where the money would be coming from now and I won’t answer that at this point.”

Parsons said he has a plan to get the money but won’t reveal it until all the new approvals are in place. He said the plans have already been resubmitted to the Planning Board and to ACARC.

“I have a very good idea [where to get the money] and will answer that next month,” he said. “It’s been a chicken and egg thing. Do you get the approvals first before you get the money, or do you get the money first and then get the approvals?”

Parsons said that the project would cost approximately $80,000.

The Leon Levy Preserve, created by the Westchester Land Trust in 2005, is off the intersection of Routes 35 and 123.

“Most people park on the shoulder of the road and along the trail where there is nowhere to turn around,” Parsons said.

The plan calls for the creation of 20 new parking spaces.

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Obscenely ridiculous plan! Paving in a nature preserve - are you kidding?
And why for 20 cars? A few cars in the current "driveway" on Rte. 123, and few across the road is plenty.
Better to use the money to fix town road potholes.

This is a nature preserve, where are the priorities? While the Town did recently take apart and remove the old truck and boat abandoned there, that was just window dressing. There remains all of the rusting appliances and other junk from the abandoned neighborhood dump and the toxic debris from the automobile body repair operation that existed nearby for decades.

The Land Trust had the moral obligation to raise funds for this cleanup before handing the Preserve to the Town which now loses tax revenue each year which could have paved roads and paid for an employee or two. Taxes on a modest development like senior housing on a small portion of the 400 acres would have covered the cost of maintenance and returned the Town to fiscal soundness in one shot!

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