LARCHMONT, N.Y. A slippery-when-wet sidewalk in Larchmont will be getting a face-lift after donations from a local foundation provided 100 percent of the project's cost to the Town of Mamaroneck.
Its very special to have any funding received for infrastructure needs, said Town Administrator Stephen Altieri. Its a recognition of the fact that theres only so much municipal money to go around.
Playgrounds, emergency services, the senior center and educational childrens programs are usually the first place people and organizations donate to in the town, Altieri said. For this reason, the Morris S. Florence H. Bender Foundation finds smaller projects to donate toward, such as this sidewalk on the north side of Chatsworth Avenue at the intersection of Myrtle Boulevard.
We try to finance the smaller stuff that no one else would pay for, said Ralph Engel, co-director of the Bender Foundation.
The sidewalk is used by many residents, but mostly is used by commuters who live in the apartment complex across from the train station.
Theres traffic over the bridge all day long, but theres more during the morning and evening hours because of the commuters, Altieri said.
The new sidewalk will be built with a brush finish so it channels water away from the center to help prevent freezing in the winter. The Bender Foundation donated $10,000 to the Town of Mamaroneck for the project, which covers all of the costs.
There are a lot of people who go up and down that hill, why not stop an accident before it happens? said Engel who noticed the condition of the sidewalk while he was walking on it one day. You cant change the hill, you cant change the curve in the road, but you can change the sidewalk.
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