Peekskill Landing Moves Forward, Goes Out to Bid in March

The city expects to break ground on the project in early summer.

By spring 2013 a boat launch, river walkway, view finders, trellises and sculpture garden paths along 4.4 acres of Peekskill’s Hudson River waterfront will be available for the public to enjoy. The improvements are all part of the Peekskill Landing project, which City Planner Anthony Ruggiero says will go out to bid in March and break ground in early summer 2012.

The physical remediation, cleanup of contamination left by underground oil tanks and minor gas spills that required capping the area with two feet of fill and stabilizing the shoreline, of the Peekskill Landing site was completed in Spring 2011. The project is funded through grant money from various state agencies, as well as from Scenic Hudson.

At the Feb. 21 City Council work session, Acting City Manager Brian Havranek explained that the Department of Environmental Conservation agreed to discontinue groundwater monitoring requirements on the site, which will save the city an estimated $24,000 per year. The DEC also agreed to have three monitoring wells abandoned, also a cost saving measure, and will reimburse the city for 90 percent of the expenses.

To review the plans for Peekskill Landing click on the PDF attached to this article. To read the history of the land, which once served as a major industrial port and economic engine in the city, click here.

A second phase of the project, for which the city would need to receive grant money to complete, would be a pedestrian overpass over the railroad tracks in order to connect the Landing path to the Annsville trail.

Are you looking forwarded to an expanded and improved waterfront? Tell us in the comments.

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Liz Claire February 25, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Marius, You misread what I write. Most people deplore hypocrisy, as do I. What I've talked about is hypocrisy, and it just so happens it's hypocrisy by Democratic politicians. If you think reasonable people should tolerate hypocrisy, that is your right. But for you to describe what I say as personal "hatred" is without foundation. Where I come from, hypocrisy is a cancer that makes the "reasonable tolerance" you claim you support an utter impossibility.
John Q. Public February 25, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I think it's a form of hatred to unjustly brand people "haters" simply because they expose certain politicians for who they are, who ask politicians to keep their word, and who ask politicians to be fiscally responsible. Marius, Ian and others seem to think we just have tolerate our City into bankruptcy. Someone will left with the bill and it isn't the constituency of the Peekskill Democratic Party. I'm glad someone is speaking up.
Shar February 26, 2012 at 01:40 AM
It is my personal view that the Liberal progressive left wing are going at full speed to spend this country and towns into absolute bankruptcy You cannot not spend what you do not have, nor can you tax the people beyond what they can pay. YET the liberal thinking is, we will worry about that tomorrow.... NOT very smart!
Rachel March 05, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Ian - thanks for trying. I agree that these forums have become havens for ugly speech. As a new citizen of Peekskill, this bitter divisiveness is a real turn off. Articulate the issues and offer executable solutions. If you're not happy, persuade people like me of a feasible new direction. We all want sound policy for our city.
Ian March 06, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Thank you, Rachel. I really am looking forwards to the new waterfront park. I love being on the water.


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