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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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Ian February 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Boy that looks really nice. I'm glad we're finally converting that old brown field into a asset to Peekskill. As someone who regularly paddles out of Peekskill Landing, I'll be happy not to have to use that beach next to the boat launch. It's so filled with glass and other garbage it can be scary to walk on. I have to wear extra-thick booties just to make sure me feet don't get punctured.
Anabasis Bob February 24, 2012 at 01:19 PM
This is good news. We've been waiting a long time for this. I definitely think they should have a canoe/kayak/rowboat/paddleboat rental place there. FDR Park has one and it's very successful. They should also build a walkway over the railroad tracks to connect the Landing with the Lincoln Depot area. That way people won't have to walk all the way around and back to get their Lincoln fill.
dleighg February 24, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I don't see the pdf of the plans; was it attached to this article?
Liz Giegerich February 24, 2012 at 03:31 PM
It is just the image on the article. You can read them better on city website here: http://www.cityofpeekskill.com/planningdevelopment/peekskill-landing @Anabasis Bob, they want to do the walkway but that would be very expensive so they are hoping for future grant money for that. I agree that FDR's rental place is great!
Peter Goodson February 25, 2012 at 02:36 PM
It only took 5 years and threats from NYS to get this done. The previous administration had this ready to go 5 years ago with public meetings and input to develop the idea. The incompetence of Foster and the council delayed this work by 5 years and only after threats from Scenic Hudson and NY State to take back the grant money did they move. The idea and money came before they were even in office. The only original project Foster has done is Walgreens which is a disaster. I no one I know will go there and I see car problems and accidents there all the time.
Peter Goodson February 25, 2012 at 02:42 PM
If I remember correctly the historic Lent House was to be moved here as part of the original plan. What happened to that? There was money obtained for the move and restoration of what is the oldest building in Peekskill. I guess Foster and Claxton want to destroy this as well. What did they do with the money the previous admin. got for this? Their eminent domain plan will tear down the last historic house on the south side of Main Street. They even changed the historic district to carve this building out so it can be torn down. That alone is intent that should be used in court to stop the ED from going forward. I remember Claxton being so much for preservation but she is all talk. She is the biggest hypocrite I have ever known.
Liz Claire February 25, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Peter, The City's description of the progress of the process is an exercise in re-writing history worthy of a Russian dictator. But I don't think Stalin was like our "little tea pot short and stout"; he was just murderous and loved by the left.
Frank J February 25, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Liz, I know you are an extreme right winger but stating that Stalin was loved by the left is offensive to not only the liberals and progressives that are patriotic Americans but to the descendants of the Russian people who were oppressed, imprisoned and murdered by a psychotic killer. You can disagree with our Mayor (I often do) but statements like those you made are really uncalled for and in my opinion, you should apologize for them.
Liz Claire February 25, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Read old newspapers, magazines, and history books Marius. The left at the time loved him.
Bob Ogden February 25, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Liz, Move into the 21st century. That's where we live now.
Liz Claire February 25, 2012 at 04:52 PM
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" George Santayana, Reason and Common Sense
Frank J February 25, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Thank you Mr. P. Liz, The left then and the left now are not the same. Just as the Republican Party of Lincoln or even Reagan is not the same as the republican party we see today. If you look at what Stalin stood for, he hated gays, he opposed religious freedom, he banned freedom of the press and free speech and held people in prison without cause. Actually, today he'd be a member of the Tea Party. So Mr. P is right. Move into this century and take a look around.
Ian February 25, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I agree with Marius. I understand that you guys disagree with the mayor, but I feel like sometimes that these forums have become havens for some very ugly speech. It's true, BTW, much of the left did like Stalin in the 1930s, before the truth about his purges and mass-murders came out. Yet to compare our mayor to Stalin is a stretch of hyperbole. You know, I'm sorry to sound like a “Let's all get along” kind of wuss, but we all live in the same town. We all want Peekskill to succeed. At a certain point we're going to have to work together to make this town better. This divisiveness and the mean-spirited comments only make things worse. They don't help at all.
Liz Claire February 25, 2012 at 05:02 PM
The left then and the left now are enamoured of government control, and work tirelessly to erode human freedoms gifted to us by our Creator, unalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. And yes, I look around and see Peekskill Democrats working to steal a man's home. You can't find a more totalitarian act than Government robbing a man of his property. Mary Foster 5 years ago said as much herself. She's a hypocrite.
Ian February 25, 2012 at 05:21 PM
The left does, that's true, have a different view of how to use government, but your description of the left is very distorted. If that were actually true, I'd agree with you. I know of no leftist (and I know a lot) that would disagree with the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. Eminent domain, BTW, is something that's an issue on both sides of the aisle. It tends to come up when officials are in power, and it's not a strictly left-right issue. I invite you to understand the left better. Then you might learn that the left are people who love their country and care about their fellow man. There will be disagreement on things, but that doesn't make those you disagree with monsters.
Liz Claire February 25, 2012 at 05:32 PM
You can't get a little bit pregnant. Taking a man's home is monstrous, not a debating point quibble. The left may love their country but their vision for the country differs dramatically from most people.
Ian February 25, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Okay, I can see I'm being a little too reasonable here. I'll sign off.
Liz Claire February 25, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Reasonable? "all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" -- Edmund Burke
Frank J February 25, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Liz, Your postings all seem to be motiviated by an underlying hate of liberals in general and Ms. Foster in particular. I truly believe that if Ms. Foster walked on water tomorow, you'd be screaming that she should learn to swim. My suggestion to you is that you practice tolerance towards others and you'll find that even those that don't agree with you are still nice people who love this country and this community. Let go of your hatred and it will set you free. Remember whatever good or evil you do in this world will come back to you three fold so put your efforts into helping others, not cursing the wind. I wish you good luck in your future endeavors. Blessed be.
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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