Bronxville looks to add lighting

Bronxville may look to add more lighting downtown, especially around the village train station, if an engineering firm’s review of the current system calls for upgrades. File photo

Bronxville may look to add more lighting downtown, especially around the village train station, if an engineering firm’s review of the current system calls for upgrades. File photo

By CHRIS EBERHART
The Village of Bronxville passed a resolution unanimously on Dec. 9 to enter into an agreement with Lynstaar Engineering, P.C. to conduct an analysis and review of the village’s current street lighting.

The Pleasantville-based company, which provides mechanical, electrical and civil engineering services in Westchester County, will review the village’s lighting in the downtown business district around the Bronxville train station on Kraft Avenue and Park Place.

“The goal of the analysis,” Rocco Circosta, Bronxville superintendent of public works said, “is to provide more efficient lighting, save the village on power costs and add additional lighting in the area. We want to analyze our existing system and we are looking to upgrade our present lighting systems because they are not very efficient.”

Village Administrator Harold Porr, III said the inefficient lighting is becoming more of an issue in Bronxville as the village becomes more and more active at night.

“Downtown is too dark,” Porr said. “And with the activity and vibrancy we have down there, it’s busy well into the night, but particularly by the train station, it’s very dark.”

Mayor Mary Marvin, a Rep-ublican, echoed Porr’s sentiment.

“Bar none, the biggest complaint by every kind of person in the village is it’s too dark,” Marvin said. “And little kids walk home at 4:30 [p.m.] now; the Haagen Dazs and Starbucks at the corner [of Park Place] is horrible. We have people working later. We have tons more restaurants. We have tons more single people. The village has a life in the dark.”

Circosta said Lynstaar Eng-ineering will start with phase one, which is a review of the 250 fixtures in the central business district, for $6,700. He said, at the end of the review, which will be completed sometime in February, Lynstaar will provide an inventory of all of the village’s lights and the type of lighting, which will then be evaluated and reviewed against Con Edison’s billing.

Circosta said, the review’s final analysis will also include how much light is being provided by the existing fixtures as well as recommendations of other types of lighting sources and/or fixtures that should be used.

If the Bronxville Board of Trustees is satisfied with its work, Lynstaar Enginering will conduct phase two, which will be a review of the remaining 500 fixtures in the residential neighborhoods. Circosta said the board will determine when phase two begins.

Mayor Marvin could not be rea-ched for comment as of
press time.

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