BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- At the Village Board of Trustees meeting in July, the trustees and I adopted zoning and parking changes with the goal of increasing local shopping, services and dining.
On the zoning front, we have streamlined a process of opening a business in the village. In addition, we expanded the types of businesses that can offer outdoor seating. The outdoor option will be renewable yearly to ensure the village has control over the cleanliness, ambiance and seat regulations on the site.
On the parking front, at the request of customers, we will be adding a non-coin phone app option for meter payment called PANGO beginning in August. Time may be added remotely to a meter up until the hour limit of the specific meter. For example, if you parked at a three-hour meter at which you paid for two hours, one can add the extra hour via mobile device.
To assist businesses whose customers require longer stays, including restaurants, hair salons, the theater and exercise studios, three- and four-hour meters have been added in both the Garden Avenue and Cedar Street lots. In addition, all lot meters designated for commuters and merchants are open to the general public after 3 p.m.
All village lots remain a free option.
The additional meter revenue is anticipated to lower village taxes by at least 1 percent next year.
Two issues related to both the business district and the summer months have surfaced that require your attention and vigilance.
During the warm weather, there is a cadre of folks who walk through village just to test car doors and, if unlocked, take what they can. This practice is prevalent throughout lower Westchester and simply a crime of opportunity. If cars are locked, they are bypassed. Please do not forget to lock all car doors.
In addition, we are seeing a proliferation of solicitors, be it for the purchase of candy or simply a donation for a “worthy cause.” Sadly, we have found these charities lacking the required village sales permit and devoid of legitimacy. If you are approached, just ask for a valid permit.
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