Beacon embraces Metro-North’s transit-oriented development

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BEACON – The City of Beacon and Metro-North Railroad appear to be on the same page regarding development near the train station.

Years ago, a former city council rejected a Metro-North plan for transit-oriented development along the Hudson River, but now, Mayor Lee Kyriacou said with different zoning, there is a chance for that type of development.

“It certainly is going to have some density because we are an urban community and as a city, we believe in density. It is also a way of supporting our Main Street in the long run, but we have to do it the right way, and I think our zoning now, which keeps the heights low requires some public space and promenades and whatever the design is,” he said.

Transit-oriented development near the train station would provide for housing within walking distance of the station for commuters, as well as community-based retail and other amenities.