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Harrison Slated for Briefing on Master Plan

HARRISON, N.Y. — A progress report on work to update the town's master plan will be presented to the Harrison Town Board at its meeting Thursday night.

BFJ Planning was commissioned to update the master plan, at a cost of $48,000, a little over a month ago. Frank Fish, principal of BFJ Planning, said that the update will mainly focus on downtown and the section of Westchester Avenue known as the “Platinum Mile” for its strong commercial base. The master plan hasn’t been updated fully since 1988, and town officials are hoping to have a draft of the revision completed by November.

“Some time has passed since the town last looked at updating its master plan,” Town Board Trustee Steve Malfitano said in March shortly after the announcement of the update. “We need to take a good look again at it going forward to make sure this is the proper plan for our central business district.”

Two other presentations will be made Thursday night. Assemblyman Robert Castelli will give an update on the county budget and how it affects Harrison. And Town Engineer Michael Amodeo will present the annual storm water report, which should include findings from Tropical Storm Irene, which hit the Sound Shore hard in August 2011. The town has also floated the idea of building three separate dams near Louis M. Klein Middle School to help remediate recent flooding.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1 Heineman Place.

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