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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.

Patty Villanova July 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM
It seems that nothing will stop Foster & Co. from moving ahead with this ill conceived project, even if it means bankrupting the taxpayers and further destroying the fragile economy of the Downtown. People are up in arms about the methadone clinic yet there have been no petitions about the firehouse, even though the 1% sales tax on real estate has already gone into effect on all properties sold in Peekskill. If you seel a house for $250K, the city gets $2500 towards the firehouse. Who's keeping track of that money? Does it go into a special, dedicated account? At what point after the firehouse is built will the tax end? These questions are all legitimately part of the EIS which has a section on economic impacts. This issue is at least as important as the clinic- where is the outrage?
jo July 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM
I was outraged when she resurrected dead budget and gave us a tax increase during her first term..I actually told her face to face... folks in Peekskill are in some kind of trance about her... I just don't get it..
Beach Girl July 24, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Just don't understand . How the hell did she get voted in again ? She doesn't care about Pekskill !!!!!
jo July 24, 2012 at 02:08 PM
WISH the "potty mouths" would reframe from posting.. just makes Peekskill seem more undesirable
Liz Giegerich July 24, 2012 at 02:15 PM
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sayitsnotsojack July 24, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Peekskill has gone to pot and pot holes the inmates truly are running the institution.
Katie Schmidt Feder July 24, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I do feel that this fire house is a good thing for Peekskill. The conditions at the current firehouses are deplorable! Our fire fighters should not be sleeping less than 6 feet from their fire trucks with fumes and filth. They should not be in buildings with mold and crumbling walls They deserve more respect than that! It makes sense to pool the equipment and resources into one space. Talk to your firefighters about this Yes- it will cost money. But progress and basic city maintenance cost money. Do we honestly want the city to crumble. I applaud this administration for continuing to make Peekskill a better place!
Betty Hill July 24, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Well said, Katie. I'm new in town, so am also new to this controversy, but I am happy to have my tax dollars spent making sure our our firefighters are well rested and have comfortable conditions. It seems a small price to pay for the heroic work they do.
Betty Hill July 24, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Yes, it would be great if they would "reframe." Bad grammar, spelling and using the wrong word are far more undesirable to me than any "potty mouth."
peekskillman July 24, 2012 at 09:43 PM
was hoping that this was a dead issue, guess Iwas wrong To Ms Hill, some info for you regarding this monstrosity: -architect's first attempt at building a firehouse on his own -the committee is chaired by an ex-chief who is a retired phys ed teacher -emminent domain is being use, with no thought to buying an empty lot adjacent to this parcel; take care, your home/neighborhood or business could be next! -no preliminary site work has been done to the grounds to see if there is any problem with fill, streams,, MacGregor brook, etc -the cost estimates were done over 2 years ago, yet the architect claims the costs will be the same; how, everything else has gone up?!! -there are 25 career firemen and 25 volunteer firemen; there are only 6 career men on at one time. why such a big building with so many offices for app 50 people? -the size will dwarf everything on the block and will it stand out as an eyesore; think Im wrong? go up rte 6 to Mahopac fire house to get an idea of the size of this building -even if the project does not go thru, the 1% sales tax on home sales will stay in effect, to be used as the council deems fit I could go on and on, but hopefully you get the idea. Pls do your homework b4 you speak in favor, it could come back to haunt you. Welcome to Peekskikll!
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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