An Update on the Thruway Property
Dear RCDS Community,
On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo signed into law an amendment to the 2017 legislation enabling the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) to sell the Boston Post Road property to RCDS. Sponsored by Assemblyman Steve Otis and Senator Shelley Mayer, the amendment supersedes the requirement in the 2017 legislation of a shared use agreement between the School and the City of Rye and establishes instead a requirement for the School to offer public user groups rental access to recreational facilities there for 29% of usable hours.
The RCDS Board of Trustees attempted to negotiate a shared use agreement with the City in good faith for 22 months and at great expense. We made it clear from the beginning that we would agree to shared use, but could not and would not agree to granting City Council shared control of the property. The Rye mayor and City Council insisted, through multiple rounds of negotiations, on including terms related to joint control that the RCDS Board found unacceptable. We notified the City in late October that negotiations were terminated and we were fully prepared to walk away from the property altogether.
The amendment will enable the School to continue its pursuit of acquiring the property. We thank Governor Cuomo and the New York State Thruway Authority for supporting our efforts. Our intent has not changed; we envision building a track, field, parking, and eventually a field house on the property. We intend to offer those facilities for rent to Rye-based youth sports organizations when the School does not need them, which has been our practice regarding our athletic facilities for decades. We are excited by the long-term benefits of this acquisition for the School, as well as for the Rye community.
We will be working through next steps in the weeks ahead.
Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.
President, Board of Trustees