Eminent Domain is the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation. Words the village government does not want to acknowledge.
The proposal for the property at 16 Elm St. remains before the Village Planning Board. Here are some facts:
The property has NOT changed hands. The applicant does NOT have approval for the development of a 5,600 square foot bar. The proposal is IN THE WOODS that adjoins a vintage sesquicentennial era neighborhood (NOT on the lot you see from Elm St.).
There are big unresolved questions regarding coal ash and coal dust, toxins, solvents, PCB and PAH contaminants and potential leaching into local waterways and groundwater if disturbed. Expert opinion holds that the village sound code will be immediately violated even without outdoor speakers which are planned for.
The taxpayers and residents of the Village of Warwick deserve a village government that advocates for what best serves the residents and taxpayers. We need relief from heavily congested village traffic. Downtown Warwick needs parking more than another place to get a beer.
We need parking year round not just for Applefest, apple picking, Christmas, Home for the holidays, concert nights, Fourth of July, Halloween and every other event that draws crowds to Warwick. All the time!
Tell your village board i.e. Michael Newhard, Barry Cheney, Eileen Patterson, George McManus and Bill Lindeman you want parking. Solar Parking Canopies make money and pay for themselves. 200 spaces easily fit on Elm St.
Local examples abound. This is not pie in the sky. It is the most conservative, highest and best use of the land for the taxpayers. The bar is just a proposal by an applicant, not a done deal carved in stone. Get the whole story.