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.
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