SPI Suspends Participation in Review of Playland Plans: Spokesman

SPI says it will wait until Westchester County and the City of Rye resolve review issues with the restoration and revitalization plan.

By Geoff Thompson

RYE, NY (April 1, 2014) -- Sustainable Playland Inc. (SPI), which has been selected to manage the iconic County-owned Playland Park in Rye, said today that it was suspending its participation in the review process of its Playland Improvement Plan (PIP) for the park until issues involving the City of Rye’s demand to conduct a full environmental review of the plan and a lawsuit brought by the former chairman of the County Board of Legislators are resolved.
SPI’s announcement was made in a letter from SPI President Kim Morque that was delivered late Monday to County Executive Rob Astorino and copied to County Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz and Peter Harckmam, the legislator chairing the Legislature’s committee that is reviewing the Playland Improvement Plan (PIP.)

The not-for-profit group said that the uncertainty caused by Rye’s insistence that it has the right to review and approve the entire plan for revitalizing the park made SPI’s continuing participation in the legislature’s review pointless.

“Our primary concern is that unresolved issues threaten to delay SPI’s revitalization of the park in ways that will remove the viability of our implementation plans in terms of both economics and timing,” the letter states. “We are asking the County Executive to use his office to see if the current uncertainty regarding the approval process can be removed.”

SPI “remains committed to our vision and the goals of renewing and restoring the park” and are hopeful that a resolution can be reached that will allow the public-private partnership to move forward. Once the jurisdictional issue between the County and Rye, as well as the lawsuit against the County and SPI that was brought by County Legislator Ken Jenkins are resolved, SPI said it will resume work on implementing the PIP.
Anne McCarthy April 03, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Give credit where credit is due...to Mayor Sack for holding and managing the community meeting. It was an important -much needed- meeting. Fair enough. It is nice that the bi-weekly Council meetings are shorter. It's worth noting that although the meetings are shorter, the Council spends much more time in executive session - hardly more transparent. Last week, for example, they were in executive session before the meeting to review the growing litigation list. Then, they were is executive session after the meeting to discuss personnel issues.
Deirdre Curran April 03, 2014 at 10:52 AM
You make excellent points, as always.
tedc April 03, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Bad, dishonest management always leaves a pile of issues for a clean-up crew. Seems like this has been a big part of my life's work in private equity. Sigh. Anyway take a look at my "Playland's 'Brigadoon?' item with photos posted to the Patch Board yesterday. Last nite I sent it to Mr. Sack and the whole bench with my sincere best wishes.
Anne McCarthy April 03, 2014 at 04:21 PM
Easy enough, Charmian, and it sounds lovely. It won't be happening any time soon though. I spoke to the owner/realtor of 2 Central. It will be ready for lease on June 1st. Since they don't have a tenant and there will likely be leasehold improvements, I doubt a business opens there until at least July 1st. It will take several months to observe parking and traffic patterns and then the TPS will make a biased recommendation to try to legitimize the theft. We will be past spring and summer and well into fall. BTW, the owner/realtor told me -as an interested lessee- that I could have all 5 spaces in the back (plus the handicap makes 6). I asked about the tenants in the 2 apts upstairs and was told they would only have overnight use of on-site parking. Oh, goodie! Something else to follow-up on the legality of - the variances were given making sure 2 spots were allocated to the apts. The neighborhood has 2-hour parking, where will these tenants put their cars all day if they commute by train? And when they travel?


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