by Robert Kimmel
Pedestrians walking the portion of Benedict Avenue from the Castle Hotel and Spa to Route 119, long without a paved footpath, will soon have a safer sidewalk on which to make the journey.
Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner announced late last month that the Hackley School will finance the sidewalk construction, some 1,700 feet of it, about a third of a mile. It apparently is part of a deal that will have the town give the Hackley School permission to build a large, 116,725-square-foot Health and Wellness Complex. The school is located in the unincorporated section of Greenburgh, along the border with Tarrytown. Its main entrance is located across from the Castle.
Confirmation of the sidewalk construction came at a Town Board meeting January 28, when Hackley’s attorney continued the formal application process. The Health and Wellness Complex will include two gymnasiums, a natatorium, eight squash courts, a wrestling room, a fencing room, and an indoor track on Hackley’s property.
Feiner noted that an 850-square-foot sidewalk stretching up to Benedict Avenue on Route 119 was built as “part of the Brightview Senior Living Facility.” A 1,600-foot sidewalk was also built on part of Benedict Avenue by Stop & Shop to comply with a Greenburgh requirement.
While a good portion of the avenue as it runs toward Broadway in Tarrytown, remains without a sidewalk , Feiner lauded the fact that a “significant portion” of Benedict will have a sidewalk when the newest pathway is completed.