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New Parking for Peekskill Library, Hayes Plaza

The City of Peekskill has approved a design for a new parking lot off Nelson Avenue.

visitors will soon have nine more parking spots to choose from that are right in front of Hayes Plaza.

The Peekskill Field Library secured $113,385 of funding from the Public Library Grant Construction from the New York State Library System in 2010-2011 for improvements and renovations to Hayes Plaza. The city then allocated $200,000 in this year’s capital projects budget to supplement the grant.

The improvements will include nine new parking spaces with one handicap space, an area that will accommodate the city senior's group large and small buses, reduced travel lanes on Nelson Avenue and an island added in the middle of the Avenue for pedestrians crossing the street. The parking will be diagonal spaces right in front of the plaza.  See attached PDF for a rendering of the project.

The City Council approved the staff’s new design for the plaza on Monday night and authorized the staff and engineers to put together the bid documents to move forward with the project.

“If everything goes according to plan the (construction) will start probably this summer,” City Planner Anthony Ruggerio said. 

What do you think about the plans for additional parking at Hayes Plaza? Tell us in the comments. 

Politically Retired June 07, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Where are they moving the Freddy Spry, Sr. monument?
Silent Majority June 07, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Once a parking lot, you will never get that land back...In addition, a parking lot at the center of the busiest intersection in the city = ACCIDENTS!! Where are the sidewalks?
Liz Giegerich June 07, 2012 at 03:03 AM
The City Council did have concerns about people backing out of parking spots getting in the way of traffic, but the staff and engineer basically told them this design is the only way to make it work. They added a crosswalk and the island in the middle of Nelson to help pedestrians. You can see that and where the sidewalks are in the rendering. The Council also asked staff to make sure there is adequate lighting and benches. The sculpture will stay in the plaza, as will landscaping, which will be changed a bit. I am unsure if they need to move the sculpture. Will update once I have that information.
peekskillman June 07, 2012 at 11:21 AM
didnt the City just spend thousands a few years ago to remodel what we see now? And now it is going to be torn apart again for less than a dozen spots?? I agree with the Silent Majority poster that there is going to be numerous problems there and then what, remodel it again? Poor planning
notsurprisedonebit June 07, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Why the hell does the Library need parking spaces in front of the building when there is a whole parking garage right across the street? Another waste of money on a needless project!!
elizabeth June 07, 2012 at 01:25 PM
thats all the seem tp be doing spending, spending i am tired of them speending money on everyone else whims and wishes that most people will not use
Kirsten Berger June 07, 2012 at 02:28 PM
The parking garage is dark, the spaces are small and most of the spaces require a permit. Besides, I've never felt comfortable parking in there when I'm with my 3 young children, so I welcome this option. I think the new landscaping will look lovely as well, currently, I think Hayes Plaza is on the seedy side and don't even like walking through there.
peekskillman June 07, 2012 at 07:57 PM
elizabeth, you are so right. A few people are inconvenienced or are too lazy to walk from her to there, and presto, more monies spent. I would also like to point out that there is public parking across Main St at the firehouse headquarters. As pointed outbefore, this is an accident waiting to happen. Was any thought given to the senior citizens who use this area on a daily basis? Hopefully we will not be reading about an elder being struck by a car while the driver was backing out of a parking spot. And waht about the county buys stop just down the road, how is it going to affect this?? Again, poor planning and a knee-jerk response.

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