Mayor Michael Cindrich is making a push to market Mount Kisco as a good place to do business.
At the Dec. 19 village board of trustees meeting, Cindrich said he wanted to meet with landlords of commercial buildings in the village in either late January or early February to discuss ways to encourage businesses to come to Mount Kisco.
Local governments have “a limited role” in capitalism, Cindrich said. But there needs to be initiatives involving the public and private sectors to seek new businesses, he said. “I’d like to start the ball rolling on this issue,” he said.
Cindrich noted he recently met with members of the Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce and the newly-formed Main Street Merchants Association on a variety of issues. The Association consists of about 20 local businesses. The local business owners worked with village officials to continue the annual free holiday parking program, which runs through Jan. 1 Another issue that was discussed was possibly allowing store owners to display some of their merchandise outdoors, Cindrich said.
Business owners have been concerned about empty storefronts, including the recent loss of Borders due to the company’s bankruptcy which was seen as a blow to the area.
There is much positive in Mount Kiscot that could be used to attract new businesses, including the village’s low property taxes, Cindrich said. Merchants, commercial landlords, commercial property realtors, village officials and resident should collaborate to “see what we can do to help the community,” he said. “We should be more competitive.”