The state needs to purchase the 1.8-acre parcel because the new 3-mile span will rise over it. The parcel, which is mostly underwater, juts out along the shore near the Metro-North train tracks.
“We are willing to sell it, but we don’t agree with the dollar figure,” Village Administrator Michael Blau told the Journal News. ” We know we won’t get less (than $29,000), but we could certainly get more.”
The village board on Monday approved selling the land. Though the village plans to continue to negotiate for a higher price, those discussions aren’t expected to hold up the project, Blau said. He declined to say what Tarrytown believes the land is worth.
The state and Tarrytown could have worked out an agreement for the state to access the area without owning it, but selling the land was an easier option, Blau said.
The slice of land once belonged to The Quay before it was sold to Greenburgh and then to Tarrytown about 10 years ago. The village could have used it for boat moorings, but there are no boat clubs in that area, Blau said.
Brian Conybeare, special advisor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the Tappan Zee project, confirmed in an email that the state department of transportation is in talks to buy a piece of underwater property from Tarrytown.
“The goal is to reach a fair price all sides can agree on,” he said.
(Photo credit: New York State Thruway Authority)