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Sleepy Hollow Leases Kingsland Point Bathhouse

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. — Sleepy Hollow Trustees approved three leases for the newly renovated Kathryn W. Davis River Walk Center at Kingsland Point Park during their Tuesday meeting.

Hudson River Recreation, The Society for the Education of American Sailors of Westchester (SEAS Westchester) and the Beczak Environmental Education Center will be moving into the renovated bathhouse as soon as the building is deemed habitable by the fire marshall. The lease agreements with the village run through September 30, 2012.

During their work session discussion on June 21, trustees were concerned by the lack of money they would be getting from the organizations. Trustee Bruce Campbell noted that the bathhouse was “adding to the expense of the village,” since it would be on the hook for maintenance.

If you look at the summary of the three organizations, Campbell said, “they’re not offering to contribute an awful lot to the maintenance of the building.”

Campbell, representing the parks committee, said they recommended approving the leases for one year and then looking for other entities that might be willing to contribute more.

Under the lease agreements, Hudson River Recreation agrees to provide discounts to Sleepy Hollow residents for programs, fees and activities. They also agree to pay 7.5 percent of the gross profits earned, with a minimum of $1,200 during operational months -- May 15 through September 30. This includes expenses for water and electrical utilities, as well as building and ground maintenance.

SEAS Westchester’s lease stipulates that they must discount costs for programs, fees or activities for Sleepy Hollow residents. SEAS will also have to pay $250 per month during operational months (May 1 through September 30), which includes water, electricity and building and ground maintenance.

Beczak’s lease says they must provide discounts for Sleepy Hollow residents and pay for maintenance and utility fees.

One of the stipulations from Kathryn W. Davis’s $4 million gift for the bathhouse renovations is that the building house an environmental educational center.

During the work session, Mayor Ken Wray noted that these three organizations were one of the few responses they got when searching for leases. He reasoned it was because the bathhouse is in a unique location: The bathhouse is close to a train station, but has restricted parking, which the village will not reserve. It also has no heat, and thus is not open in the winter.

“The building is there,” Wray said, noting the village would have costs to pay anyways. Wray said the village should just get the groups in there. “Let’s get it established and then I think we have an opportunity to kind of build on it,” he said.

When the bathhouse opens at Kingsland Point Park, will you take advantage of the things it will offer? Tell us in the comments or email mshamburger@mainstreetconnect.us .

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