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Potential New DPW Facility
Village of Croton-on-Hudson E-Notice

The Village Board is considering an opportunity to relocate the Department of Public Works to a new facility which would consolidate its staff, create a more efficient operation, ensure a longer life for Village vehicles and equipment, and create a safer environment for its workers.  The properties are located in the Town of Cortlandt at 435 Yorktown Road and there is an adjacent piece of vacant property located at 439 Yorktown Road which will be used for vehicle storage.  The existing building contains office and warehouse space with vehicle bays.

​The existing Department of Public Works Municipal Facility was constructed on a portion of land directly south of the improved train station parking lot in 1969. The facility is located in FEMA’s 100 year flood plain and is adjacent to the Croton River Estuary.  As a result of Hurricane Sandy, the entire facility was flooded and the water level reached 2.5 feet inside the building.  For a period of 12 weeks, the DPW staff had to operate in a temporary trailer while the damage was remediated.  However, the facility remains undersized for current needs; is still at risk for flooding, and has deteriorated, due its age and heavy use, to such a point where major capital investments would be required just to keep the existing facility operational. Such potential work includes:

  • The existing roofing system is failing and is leaking onto the equipment in the storage area. A recent estimate to repair the damaged roof was proposed at approximately $160,000.
  • There are two underground fuel tanks, installed in 1984 and 1985, that are in need of replacement within the next few years at an estimated cost of $500,000.
  • Due to subsurface conditions, portions of the existing facility are settling and require reinforcement.  Initial estimates to perform remediation could be up to $1,000,000.  
Over many years the Village has evaluated the operational and financial impacts for numerous potential relocation sites of the Department of Public Works facility.  Most were either undersized or the cost was too great to consider a purchase.  The only available Village owned property that would be remotely suitable is the Municipal Place Site.  This property is too small to encompass the entire DPW operations and it is estimated that to construct a new facility at this site would cost approximately $6,000,000.

The Village Board and staff believe that the best and most viable option for the Village is the purchase of 435 and 439 Yorktown Road at a total purchase price of $2,710,000.  We estimate that the total cost for the necessary renovations of the new building as well as the decommissioning and conversion of the existing DPW facility to surface parking would amount to approximately $1,000,000.
 
The properties considered for purchase will provide sufficient space and currently contains most of the infrastructure necessary for its conversion into a suitable facility for the Village’s Department of Public Works. Furthermore, we estimate that the relocation will result in approximately 130 additional commuter parking spaces for the Croton-Harmon Train Station parking lot.  This is estimated to bring in approximately $150,000 of additional revenue to the Village per year.

The first step in the consideration of this purchase is to do an environmental review.  On May 15, 2017 the Village Board of Trustees will be considering a resolution declaring its intent to be Lead Agency for State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) purposes.