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GREENBURGH, NY-Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano revealed that it is among a group of entities that will acquire approximately 45 acres here from Ginsburg Development Corp., of Hawthorne so that it can be preserved as open space. The $2.5 million land acquisition deal will ensure that the property will be used for open space, according to Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano, who formally asked the Westchester County Board of Legislators to approve the proposal on Tuesday, June 26.

The plan calls for the county and town to purchase a 26.4-acre property known as Glenville Woods and for the Open Space Conservancy to acquire an adjoining 18.3 acres and lease the property to the town. The town will operate and maintain both parcels of land, for public park use, open to all county residents, Westchester County officials relate. As part of the arrangement, the town of Greenburgh has agreed to take over the repair, maintenance and operation of county roads within its boundaries, except for Ardsley Road and to work with the county to create more affordable housing within its boundaries.

County Executive Spano says concerning the deal, “Purchasing these lands adjacent to the Tarrytown Lakes will not only enhance county parkland in central Westchester, but it will expand and protect the very important greenbelt along the Saw Mill River Parkway. This will make for a beautiful walk in the woods, with the property’s majestic vistas and forests with magnificent trees.”

He adds, “We are very pleased to be working with the town of Greenburgh on this initiative and we are grateful to the Trust for Public Land for putting the pieces together in a way that will benefit all the residents of Westchester County.” The Trust for Public Land, a nationally known not-for-profit organization, worked with the county, town and Ginsburg Development to put the deal together.

Under the agreement, Ginsburg Development Corporation will receive a total of $2.5 million for the two parcels. It also will still retain 20.3 acres in the area that could be used for a residential development. To pay for the 26.4-acre parcel, New York State will provide a $400,000 grant to the town, the town will contribute $867,000, and the county $400,000. Westchester County will share ownership of the property with the town of Greenburgh. The Open Space Conservancy will pay $833,000 to Ginsburg for the adjoining 18.3-acre property.

County Legislator Lois Bronz who represents part of Greenburgh. comments, “The acquisition of Glenville Woods is another significant step in the county’s commitment to an open space policy. We are again demonstrating the wisdom of the partnership between the county, the municipality and the state to make possible this park land acquisition.”

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