When the Board of Legislators approved the 99-year lease for the Westchester BioScience & Technology Center — also known as the “North 60” project —many here applauded this important milestone in moving the $1.2 billion project forward. But we’re still a long way from “go,” says Bill Mooney, WCA’s President and CEO
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After considerable input from environmental groups and the business community, including the Westchester County Association, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has at long last issued revised Environmental Assessment Forms required for development project applications. After a two-year process, changes were made to both the full, or long EAF, used for applications with potentially significant environmental impact, and the short EAF, used for projects smaller in scope.
It was not worth the wait.
“What attracts people to spaces are other people,” noted Ethan Kent, Vice President, Project for Public Spaces, and a panelist at “Rethinking Westchester: A Blueprint for Smart Growth,” a game-changing conference on June 21, organized by the WCA's BLUEPRINT for Westchester. “The way we look at streets and public spaces should be as an economic development opportunity...”
According to Christopher Fisher, president of the New York Wireless Association, Westchester is going to have to rev up its wireless capacity to support the needs of businesses and consumers within five years if it hopes to remain competitive.