Open Space Spending

 

Here's an account (to the best of our knowledge) of which communities in Westchester have money for open space acquisition, and how they have used it (as of December 9, 2010).
 
  • Somers - passed a $2 million bond proposition; spent $4 million combined with $9.3 million from New York City, $4 million from Westchester County and $3.2 million from New York State to buy the 654-acre Eagle River property. Westchester Land Trust helped bring the funders together, negotiated the contract, and handled many of the pre-closing details. Somers also spent approximately $1.6 million combined with $1.6 million from Westchester County and $2.2 million from New York State to buy the development rights to the 170-acre Stuart's Farm, in Granite Springs, ensuring that the farm will remain a farm. Westchester Land Trust helped prepare the application for the state farmland protection grant.
     
  • Pound Ridge - passed a ballot proposition in 2000 that raises $300,000 a year for 10 years. The town spent $2.3 million combined with $600,000 from Westchester Land Trust to buy 48 acres on Eastwoods Road. Westchester Land Trust negotiated the contract. Pound Ridge spent $145,000, combined with $580,000 from Mianus River Gorge Preserve, for 11 acres that will become part of the preserve (this was not a WLT project). In 2010, voters passed a 10-year extension of the open space tax levy.
  • Bedford - passed a $3 million bond proposition in 2000. In 2010, the Town Board extended the open space fund for 10 years. The town spent $1.275 million combined with $50,000 donated by residents, for 33-acre Leatherman's Ridge; Westchester Land Trust negotiated the deal. The Town bought a 13-acre property in Katonah for $660,000, including $167,000 from the NYC DEP, $153,000 that neighbors donated to Westchester Land Trust, and $340,000 from the Town's open space fund. The town also spent $800,000 for 10 acres in Katonah and bought a small property in Bedford Village (WLT did not work on either of those projects).
  • Lewisboro - passed $2 million bond proposition. The town spent $500,000, combined with $3.7 million from the state, county, and private donors, for the 110-acre Old Field Preserve; Westchester Land Trust negotiated the deal and worked with members of the Lewisboro Land Trust (a WLT chapter) to raise private money for the acquisition. The town also spent $1 million, combined with $1 million from New York City, $5 million from the Jerome Levy Foundation and $500,000 from the Dextra, Baldwin McGonigle Foundation, to buy and create the 386-acre Leon Levy Preserve. WLT negotiated the deal and handled many of the pre-closing details.
  • Yorktown - raised $2 million through annual tax of $30 per parcel. Bought the 34-acre Solomon's Farm property in December 2006 for $1.25 million WLT helped negotiate the purchase. The town bought 25 acres near Turkey Mountain for $1.4 million in 2005. Yorktown also bought a 4-acre property and a 4.5-acre property with money in a special Hallocks Mill Brook watershed fund that WLT helped over see and advise. The town contributed approximately $350,000, combined with $350,000 from Cortlandt, $700,000 from Westchester County, and $1.5 million from New Yor State, to protect the 116-acre Hemlock Hill Farm, on the Yorktown-Cortlandt border. Westchester Land Trust helped prepare the application for the state farmland protection grant. In 2010, the Town bought the 200-acre Granite Knolls property for $2.7 million; WLT negotiated the basic terms of the contract.
  • Tarrytown - passed a $3 million bond proposition. The village spent $1.6 m for 2.4 acres, on Neperan Road, and $250,000 for two acres in Gracemere. Westchester Land Trust helped negotiate both purchases.
  • Irvington - passed a $3 million bond proposition. The village spent $1.5 million combined with $3 million from the county, $500,000 each from Trust for Public Land/Open Space Institute and Scenic Hudson, and $330,000 from New York State for the 40-acre Westwood property. Westchester Land Trust helped secure funding from the County Board of Legislators.
  • White Plains - $5 million in municipal budget. Spent $1.75 million for 5.3-acre D'Elia property.
  • New Castle - passed a $2 million bond proposition. Spent $1.5 million for 97 acres of Burden property.

    Greenburgh - 0.5% of annual town tax rate from 1997 - 2003. The town spent $3.7 million, combined with $7 million from the state and county, for the 199-acre Taxter Ridge property. Westchester Land Trust prepared an analysis of the development potential and the benefits of protection that led to the purchase.
  • North Salem - passed a $2 million bond proposition in 2000 and a $2 million bond proposition in 2005. The town spent $1.035 million, combined with $115,000 from the North Salem Open Land Foundation, for the 66-acre Purdys Ridge preserve; WLT helped negotiate the contract. The town also spent $500,000 combined with $2.1 million from the North Salem Open Land Foundation for 60 acres on Bloomer Road, near Peach Lake.
  • Rye - The city spent $2.4 million to acquire 7-acre Rye Nursery property. WLT helped negotiate the agreement. Bought the 1-acre Bird Homestead for $1.25 million, including $15,000 from Westchester Land Trust, $200,000 from Westchester County, $200,000 from the Long Island Sound Stewardship Fund, $200,000 from the New York State Assembly, and $350,000 from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
  • New Rochelle - The city bought 3 acres to add to Glenwood Lake park, in 2001; Westchester County contributed $210,000 purchase price. New Rochelle contributed 1 percent of the purchase price and dedicated an additional 1.5 acres as parkland. The city bought an additional acre at Glenwood Lake in 2006; WLT helped negotiate the acquisition.
  • Cortlandt - The town contributed to the Hemlock Hill Farm preservation effort (see Yorktown, above). Cortlandt is allocating part of annual budget surplus to open space fund.
  • North Castle - passed a $3 million open space bond proposition; open space committee working with Westchester Land Trust and North Castle Land Trust to recommend acquisitions. Spent $230,000 to help buy the 30-acre Byram Lake preserve (with $230,000 from Mount Kisco and $15,000 from Westchester Land Trust.
  • Dobbs Ferry - passed a $3 million bond proposition.
  • Ardsley - passed a $1.75 million bond proposition.