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Design Firm Behind New City’s Revitalization Opens Local Office

Saratoga Springs-based Behan Planning and Design also working for Rockland County

 

Behan Planning and Design of Saratoga Springs opened an office in New City earlier this month in order to be closer its lower Hudson Valley clients including the Town of Clarkstown. Behan has been working with the town for at least five years on the current New City revitalization plan as well as developing a “Vision Plan” for ’s downtown area and preparing some design work for Central Nyack.   

John Behan, AIPC, principal of the firm, said it was an ideal they had considered for a while.

“It’s always been a goal in our business plan to have an office in the lower Hudson Valley,” he said.  “We’re excited about being there, being part of New City.”

While the firm mainly provides planning and design services for municipalities, Behan said they are currently working for Rockland County.  That project involves the design of the property that formerly housed Annie’s Nails, which was demolished last year.  The parcel will link South Main Street near the Rockland County Courthouse to the adjacent .

Behan said members of the firm will be meeting with West Nyack property owners and will begin work on a design plan soon.  He said the area is unique.

“It’s a little different,” said Behan. “It’s a historic area.”

In Central Nyack, the firm is working on some of the enhancements for the Streetscape project including sidewalks and lighting near the community center and firehouse.  The firm also has submitted a proposal for a waterfront project in Haverstraw.

Rebecca Nolan, LEED AP, is based in the South Main Street New City office and is currently overseeing New City’s revitalization and design through the final stages of contract documentation and construction.  The third phase of the program will begin in the spring.  

Under Behan’s Community Planning section of its website, it lists the New City Vision Plan, New City Form-based Zoning Code and West Nyack Vision Plan. In its Design category, Behan includes Kevin Landau Park, South Main Street Streetscape Plan, New City Vision Plan and West Nyack Vision Plan.  Other Hudson Valley clients of Behan outside Rockland County are Walkill, Rhinebeck, Saugerties and New Paltz.  Behan has also worked on the Hudson Valley Greenway.

Nolan provides design services for community planning, public parks, streetscape, urban design and redevelopment projects as well as public facilitation and construction administration. She previously worked in Colorado and Connecticut. Nolan is knowledgeable about Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements and has integrated sustainability throughout the design process from visioning to plan formation through construction.

Behan Planning and Design is a nationally recognized, award winning land use, community planning and design firm founded in 1994.

Behan is located in Suite 200 at 151 South Main Street in New City and its phone number is 845-499-2060.

Mike Hirsch January 19, 2012 at 02:01 PM
More of Alex's political patronage by giving a firm that he met while in Albany this contract. There are plenty of local firms that are more than qualified to do this work.
George C January 19, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Wow, go figure, they contributed to Alex, and the other board members campaign. Check out: http://www.elections.ny.gov:8080/plsql_browser/CONTRIBUTORB_NAME?LAST_NAME_IN=Behan&NAME_IN=&position_IN=START&date_from=01%2F01%2F2000&date_to=12%2F31%2F2011&AMOUNT_from=1&AMOUNT_to=50000&ORDERBY_IN=N BEHAN, CYNTHIA 70 WHITE STREET SARATOGA SPRING, NY 12866 BEHAN, JOHN 70 WHITE STREET SARATOGA SPRING, NY 12866
OutonBail January 19, 2012 at 03:41 PM
This has to be the biggest waste of taxpayer money in Clarkstowns history. Parking is a complete waste. I can't wait to see the mess when they try to plow snow around all the little bump outs along Main Street.
Mike Hirsch January 19, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Alex and the town board are requiring the Clarkstown PD to write tickets for the parking at a cost of over $100/hr for each officer. My father-in-law, who is retired, did that for the Village of Suffern at a fraction of that. Let's not waste the time of the police and our money having the CPD do that task when we can hire a couple of seniors. My father-in-law enjoyed it - he got some exercise, it was something to do, and he got a few bucks at the end of the week.
Clarkstown Citizen January 19, 2012 at 04:33 PM
The "renovations" are terrible and made the driving and parking even worse than they were. I try to avoid Main Street (and the stores there) as much as possible due to those stupid bumps sticking out into the street and the signs that are sticking up in the street. And people park their cars jutting out to where the traffic is driving past because the people are parking on angles due to those bumps in the street. And to think that other municipalities would want to hire this company if they see what downtown New City looks like.
F*** January 19, 2012 at 05:14 PM
But we got a park with a big sign, a big fountain, a pergola, a clock, an old fire gong ring, flags and over stuffed plantings. And a couple benches. How much crap can an architect stuff into a job?
Tony T January 19, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Mike, Maybe while these volunteers or auxiliary police are giving out tickets for parking they can visit the shopping centers and give tickets out for Handicapped parking violations as well as cars in the fire lines.....check out the fire lanes near Home Good's and the Buy Rite liquor most days especially weekends and the who fire lane is continually filled with illegally parked cars....... cc: Alex Gromack Clarkstown Chief of Police
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) January 19, 2012 at 09:41 PM
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Joe Mc. January 22, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Yes those bump outs were a great design decision. Anyone who tried to go down the new and improved main street today can attest. The road was closed so that workers could shovel out the parking spots between bumpouts that the plows could not get to. Did someone (Gromack) make a deal with the local shovelers union for some overtime ??? Someone 'connected' must be making money off of this design flop.
Watchdog January 22, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Let's see, we have a Town Planner, a Clerk of the Works who is also the Landscape Committee Chairman, a highway Superintendent and a Town Board who put us back to the early 1950's when men and shovels were last used to remove the snow.....All at a cost of a measley tens of millions of $$$$$$$$$$$. GOD PLEASE SAVE US!

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