The Nyack Village Board of Trustees has focused on developing a comprehensive planning strategy for our Village’s future. These planning concepts and visions in our comprehensive plans have developed a policy guided direction and focus to seek out funding to make the needed changes in several areas of our infrastructure. As you will see in the Village Board’s project list below, these projects have a broad effect on the community’s quality of life.
The Board of Trustees has aggressively applied for grant funding to offset the costs of infrastructure projects to complete many deferred maintenance projects within the Village. They include a major emphasis on pedestrian and bicycling safety and accessways to different parts of the community – to school, the business districts for both our citizens and for our visitors, and to the waterfront from our residential neighborhoods and business districts. A significant project will be the replacement of our water distribution system. Overviews of the projects in various states of progress are listed below. These projects are being funded with over $20,000,000 in grant and Village funding.
I. Village of Nyack Comprehensive Plan - On October 13, 2016, the Village of Nyack adopted a new Comprehensive Plan, Plan Nyack: Blueprint for the Future. The Village’s previous comprehensive plan was prepared beginning in 2002 and adopted in 2007 after several amendments. In updating that plan, the Village sought to build on its planning efforts with current demographic and economic data, and to integrate plans for new multi-modal transportation options, waterfront development activity and environmental sustainability. Nyack received a grant award of $206,000 in 2015 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), to cover both Village staff support and a multi-disciplinary consultant team led by New York City-based BFJ Planning.
The overarching goals of the adopted Nyack Comprehensive Plan is to protect and enhance the Village’s historic and residential neighborhoods; facilitate revitalization of the downtown, waterfront and gateway areas; and chart a path toward a more sustainable and resilient future. Key Comprehensive Plan recommendations include zoning amendments to the Downtown Mixed Use district to facilitate a pedestrian oriented environment consistent with Nyack’s historic downtown development; improving bicycle circulation; creating a pedestrian master plan for constructing and renovating sidewalks and pathways; exploring the potential for seasonal and commuter 2 ferry service; enhancing Nyack Marina through a public-private partnership; and pursuing a study of shared services with Nyack, South Nyack and Upper Nyack.
II. Local Waterfront Revitalization Program - An update of the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan was identified as a priority in the Village Comprehensive Plan and envisioned as a complement to the Comprehensive Plan update. In the Fall of 2016, the Village was awarded a grant from the Department of State to update its 1992 Local Waterfront Revitalization Program to guide waterfront development. The LWRP update reflects current conditions and priorities since the 1992 LWRP was adopted. The LWRP is funded by a $75,000 grant from the NYS Department of State. The LWRP Update focuses on identifying new resiliency measures to protect natural and built resources in the post-Sandy era of climate change and sea level rise. It revises the LWRP inventory and analysis, modifies certain existing policies and recommends the implementation of specific projects. It includes sustainability planning resulting in recommendations for smart growth and the future viability of the Village. The LWRP provides a set of site-specific and programmatic projects to be undertaken in order to implement the LWRP. The projects are organized by project type as follows: Harbor Management Projects, Infrastructure Projects, Waterfront Connections and Marina Site, Memorial Park, and Ferry Projects. Project examples include: exploring resilient infrastructure to protect the Nyack marina and shoreline; create a public waterfront walkway with streetscape improvements and wayfinding to increase access to the river and connections to downtown; complete the Memorial Park Master Plan and construct a pedestrian bridge to connect to Nyack Marina; create a Trolley Service Pilot Project; and increase parking capacity of the Nyack Marina to support marina-area uses and to account for parking lost due to Memorial Park Master Plan. The LWRP Update was authorized by the Village Board in October 2017 to be transmitted to the Department of State for review. Comments were received back from Department of State in June 2019. The Consultant and staff addressed these comments and provided a revised LWRP including the integration of a more extensive Harbor Management Plan in August 2019. This is now under internal review by the Department of State. It is anticipated that the formal 60-day review at the state and federal level will begin in the Fall with approval before the end of 2019.
III. Greater Nyack Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan - The GNBPMP provides a road map for safety and mobility improvements for the Nyack river villages and the entire Nyack school district. Administered by the Village of Nyack and its stakeholder partners in the Nyack School District and the river villages of South Nyack and Upper Nyack, a comprehensive package of recommendations have been created to encourage the community to bicycle and walk more for 3 transportation, recreation, exercise, and overall quality of life. The Master Plan highlights the value and importance of quick-build approaches to addressing the community’s infrastructure needs sooner rather than later. A quick build toolbox provides guidance on proven design considerations for commonly applicable street elements and the use of short- term demonstration and pilot projects. A key achievement is the cooperative participation by the municipalities and School District in the development and ongoing implementation of the Master Plan. The Master Plan was funded a grant of $120,000 from the New NYBridge Community Benefits Program. The Plan was adopted by the Village of Nyack in August 2018.
Water Main Replacement Project – The Water Main Replacement Project is a multi-phase capital improvement project that will replace water mains, valves and home service connections to the curb stop in selected streets within the Village limits as well as sections outside of the Village limits that we serve. This capital improvement project will replace water distribution pipes that are near the end of their useful life, and will reduce the number of main and service breaks that have been increasing in recent years. The full list of the streets that will receive new mains, valves and service connections to the curb stop is listed on our web site, www.nyack-ny.gov. Phase One of the project construction will replace approximately 4.9 miles of water main. Phase One main replacement represents over 10% of the 44 miles of water distribution system piping. The water main replacement project is scheduled to begin in the Summer of 2020. To complete the full capital improvement project, it is designed as a Three Phase program with an appropriation of $10,000,000.
Broadway Streetscape Project (TAP) – The Broadway Streetscape project will replace and install new sidewalks, curbing, ADA compliant sidewalk corners, street trees, planting areas, enhanced pedestrian crosswalks. The project area begins at Cedar Hill Avenue and continues north to Depew Ave. The second phase of the project will start at Burd Street and continue north to First Avenue. These improvements are part of the NYS DOT’s Transportation Alternatives Program intended to increase pedestrian and bicyclist access through and into the Village business district. The project is being funded in-part with a grant of $3,312,000 administered by the NYS DOT. The project is scheduled to begin in the Fall 2021.
Safe Routes to School Project – The Safe Routes to School project will construct 10,940 linear feet of new concrete sidewalks that will include ADA-compliant ramps, curbing, crosswalk striping, LED flashing pedestrian signs and shade trees on streets in the densely populated 4 southwestern section of the Village of Nyack, and a pedestrian walking route to the Nyack Middle School not served by school busing. The project will provide connections for pedestrians to the Village’s two major east-west thoroughfares – Depew Avenue and Main Street. The new sidewalk system will provide safe routes to school, by replacing missing, deteriorated, and non-ADA compliant sidewalks and ramps. The Safe Routes to School project will be federally funded in part with a $4,300,000 grant through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) that is administered by the NYS DOT.
Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) – The PSAP project will update existing traffic signalization at three of the most heavily traveled intersections in the Village along the Broadway and North Midland Avenue corridors within the Village of Nyack. Construction includes new pedestrian signals, installation of Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) systems, ADA compliant ramps, high visibility markings and pedestrian signage. The three signalized intersections include: Depew Avenue & Broadway, Main Street & Broadway, and Fifth Avenue & North Midland Avenue. The project is being federally funded with a $375,000 grant through the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) program that is administered by the NYS DOT.
Marina Connection & Waterfront Pathway - As part of the Village of Nyack’s implementation of its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, the Waterfront Pathway project will design and construct a pathway along the Hudson River connecting Memorial Park to the Village Marina. The pathway and related streetscaping improvements will link the Village's historic downtown to its waterfront and enhance waterfront access along the river. The waterfront pathway will extend north to the Nyack Boat Club as part of a private development of residential property on Gedney Street, which will be deeded to the Village upon completion. The village pathway will be constructed with public amenities including landscaping, lighting, benches, water fountains, and wayfinding signage. The project is being funded in-part by a grant of $401,700 from the NYS Department of State.
LED Street Light Conversion Program (Light-Emitting Diode) – The Village of Nyack’s LED Street Light Conversion Program, in conjunction with the RealTerm Energy and Orange & Rockland Utilities, will provide a smarter, environmentally-friendly street lighting system that will significantly reduce energy and maintenance costs. The new LED fixtures are expected to cut Nyack’s streetlight energy consumption by approximately 67% as LEDs require significantly less electricity than the high-pressure sodium lights that are presently in place. This upgrade will also decrease annual streetlight maintenance costs by up to 80% because LEDs are a solid-state technology (with no moving parts) and last up to four times longer than the Village’s existing streetlights. The retrofit will improve Nyack’s environmental footprint by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 193 metric tons of greenhouse gas annually, equivalent to the gas emissions from approximately 41 passenger vehicles driven for one year. Full implementation of the program is expected by March of 2022.