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Council Sets Firehouse Eminent Domain and DEIS Public Hearings

The public can speak on these items on Aug. 13.

 The Peekskill Common Council approved resolutions that accepted the central firehouse as complete and set public hearings on the DEIS and on Eminent Domain procedures for 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 during last night’s Special Common Council meeting.

The two issues have been the subject of debate over the last several months as members of the public have against eminent domain and the proposed firehouse location on the northwest corner of Main Street and Broad Street.

  The City Council has maintained that the firehouse is necessary to replace and that the location is best suited in terms of “topography, adjacent uses and structures, street and traffic conditions and routing options.”

The city set asideat the start of the project about three years ago. It has already purchased one of three properties it must acquire for the project, has entered into a contract of sale for acquisition of 1141 Main Street and continues to engage in negotiations for acquisition of the required portion of the Crossroads Shopping Center, according to the resolution passed last night.

City officials have maintained that they do not want to invoke Eminent Domain Procedure to acquire any of the properties needed for the firehouse, but are moving forward with the Eminent Domain process in case they do not reach an agreement with Tony Huang, the Crossroads Plaza.  

Read the full resolutions in the PDFs attached to this article.

The public can speak on the DEIS and Eminent Domain procedures on Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers and the Director of Planning will be accepting comments on these two topics until Aug. 27 at 4 p.m.

Frank Cimino August 14, 2012 at 02:52 AM
I do believe our fireman deserve "a better house" given what has been said about their current locations. However, I would like to know if anyone considered how this new location on "main street" would impact the local business community?; do you think Walgreens would have built a million dollar facility across from a firehouse? As I see, there are existing businesses in this location which must be removed to allow for this House. Has there been any discussion for re locating them? Would like to know if firehouses pay property taxes, and if they dont, who will pay for this increased property tax burden?
David Pacchiana August 27, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Please be advised an ipetition has been created seeking support to oppose the firehouse. If you wish to sign, you may do so here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/peekskill-firehouse-eminent-domain/ thanks for your support. - Dave
STEVE September 04, 2012 at 08:12 PM
NOONE IS SAYING PEEKSKILL DOES NOT NEED A FIREHOUSE BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVE SITES TO BUILD IT INCLUDING ONE 100 FEET AWAY FROM ITS ORIGINAL SIGHT AND NO BUSINESS WOULD HAVE TO BE KNOCKED DOWN AND TAXPAYERS WILL SAVE MONEY
David Pacchiana September 04, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Steve, yes, agreed, I should have been more clear to state we oppose the firehouse at the Crossroads location, thanks.
peekskillman September 05, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Mr. Pacchiana-I wish you and all the other business owners in the Crossroads Plaza continued success in fighting what I believe is a monstrosity project. I will agree with the fact that perhaps a new station is needed to replace the antiquated firehouses, but NOT at the expense of you or other business who have been in operation for many years. It is a shame that credence wasnt given to moving the site previously as you and other have proposed. This is what you get when you have a committee made up of those who have no knowledge of construction, planning or the effects on other businesses. And to the architect, shame on him for not thinking of it either. In it's present form, this building should not be built. Thumbs down to emminent!! domain!

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