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Bedford Village Boulders Removed, Some Parking Restored

Town officials plan to meet with Bedford Village businesses next week to air concerns and discuss solutions.

Property owners have removed a long row of boulders that closed off the entrance to the parking lot behind the movie theatre in Bedford Village, after hearing from the town of Bedford last week that the stones blocked emergency access and violated a section of town code which requires parking for commerical tenants.

The owners—Phoenix Capital Parters LLC, a Purchase based commercial real estate and investment company—have left a row of orange traffic cones and planters in the middle of the Court Road lot, leaving half of its available spaces for customers of tenants of 635 Old Post Road, according to Steven Fraietta, Bedford's building inspector.

The boulders appeared in December, irking business owners who said there were not enough available parking spaces for customers during the busiest shopping season of the year, according to tenants of the building, who asked for their comments to remain anonymous for fear of damaging relations with their landlord.

Supervisor Lee Roberts said from 2006-11 the town leased the lot, which once offered free parking to customers. In recent years officials converted the lot to metered parking spaces but the revenue didn't come close to covering the lease or ancillary expenses like meter maintenance and plowing, which neared $30,000 annually. The town's lease expired in November.

Roberts, who said her office had also received many complaints in recent weeks, plans to attend the Bedford Village Business Association meeting Tuesday to discuss the issue with the building's tenants, which include and the , among other retail shops.

"We know the landlord would like to make some money but the lot should be open for tenants, and I'm glad to see the boulders removed," said Roberts. "We're open to many options and will hear what the merchants have to say. We worked closely with Katonah businesses to and will do the same with the village."

One tenant said removing the boulders did not fix the problem. "It's not clear what is allowed. I have a customer who was afraid to park in the lot because the sign says you'll be towed after two hours. That's not enough for anyone in this building," the individual said, adding that returning to metered parking would be welcome.

Patch reached out to Phoenix Capital Partners Principal Frank Boccanfuso for comment but did not receive a response as of Wednesday evening. 

Are you able to find a spot in Bedford Village when you need it? Should on-street parking be one hour or two? Share your comments below.

Laura Beth Kerr Gilman January 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM
I think parking should be for at least 2 hours. 2 hours is barely enough time to eat and shop. A lunch at the Meeting House shouldn't be interrupted by having to worry about getting a ticket. If a diner doesn't have to "eat and run" - shouldn't we be encouraging that customer to run an errand or two with our local merchants?
Lisa Buchman January 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Thanks for the comments and your input - as a reminder please refrain from name-calling in this thread, keep the discussion civil. What else would work? Parking passes? Marking spots in the lot for particular businesses?
Don Pachner January 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM
First, the town should install more bicycle-pedestrian access to Bedford Village from downzoned areas such as access from Middle Patent and Long Ridge Roads via walkways or bicycle-pedesdtrian lanes. I often see people walking, jogging and riding bicycles during the day on that stretch of road, which has no shoulders. The pedestrian and bicycle use is not only dangerous on a curvy road with no shoulders and a 40 MPH speed limit, it also holds up traffic on a the main road between Bedford Village and Stamford, CT/Pound Ridge when responsible drivers must stop and wait to pass pedestrians and bicyclists on a road without shoulders and poor visibility. When a pack of bicyclists appears, forget about it! This route is part of the New York State Mid-Hudson Bicycle Pedestrian Plan and should have safe bicycle-pedestrian access. It serves as a conduit between areas of higher population density between Bedford Village and the historic section of Pound Ridge/Trinity Corners. Moreover, Pound Ridge has put in a bicycle/pedestrian path between Route 137/High Ridge Road and Trinity Corners, so it would link into existing bicycle-pedestrian infrastructure and make it easier for residents to walk or bicycle into town, without relying on cars and requiring the requisite parking for these trips. Second, the Herringonbe Building located across from Bedford Meetinghouse could hold 6-8 cars, and the lot does not appear to be used by the current owner. Has he offered to do this?
Amy Greenstein January 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM
As a Bedford village resident, I think two hours is the minimum that should be allowed to encourage residents and consumers to stop and spend money in our town. You can barely get a manicure and pedicure in an hour never mind if you wanted to spend some time or money wandering the village before or after. It seems we encourage only transients passing through to stop at the deli and leave and not invite people to spend some time here.
Jeff Reed January 19, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Jeff Reed-You can't even see a matinee movie without getting up to move the car. The fact is the reason the parking is only one hour is so the police can put as many tickets on cars as possible. More tickets means more revenue!

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