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Hartsdale to build sidewalk on Central Avenue

Greenburgh town supervisor announced a $792K grant for a sidewalk, which both pedestrians and businesses are excited for

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On parts of Central Park Avenue in Hartsdale from Marion Avenue to the Four Corners, cars move fast, with no sidewalk for pedestrians.

Jason Dunat walks “from Hartsdale train station every morning." He has to get to work every day to this shopping center on foot. But with no sidewalk, he's walking on the grass and trying not to get hit by a car.

"Some cars go kind of fast like the one that just passed me over there and a lot of people don't look where they are going," said Dunat.

Like hundreds of people, Dunat is trying to get to stores or bus stops in the area safely on foot. Greenburgh town supervisor Paul Feiner says he has gotten a number of complaints about the lack of sidewalks for years.

Central Avenue is a state road and Feiner says now the state is going to make it safer. The town "applied for a $792,000 grant which the state just awarded us," according to Feiner.

The grant money will allow the town of Greenburgh to build a sidewalk from Central Avenue and Marion Avenue to Hartsdale Avenue on the Yonkers-bound side.

"There is a residential community off on Marion Avenue and people will be able to walk to Hartsdale and the train station and be able to go to the shops," continued Feiner.

Residents like Kiju Chan and David Klinghoffer say it's a great idea. "If there is a sidewalk people could walk safely, students walk down in the summer and all that," said Chan, while Klinghoffer remarked, "Obviously it will give people the opportunity to walk to places they don't normally."

Feiner says the sidewalk will be complete by 2018. He eventually hopes Central Avenue can have sidewalks on both sides from the County Center to Yonkers.

We spoke with managers at several businesses on Central Park Avenue between Marion Avenue and the Four Corners and they are very excited about this sidewalk. They believe it will bring in more foot traffic to their stores.

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