Downtown Peekskill business owners do not like the look of one of downtown's most identifiable anchors, the gazebo. While the city waits on federal funds tied up in court to come through in order to move forward with a major overhaul of the gazebo, volunteers will get to work on fixing something they feel is badly in need of a touch up.
“The gazebo is an anchor for downtown and is in very poor shape and a lot of bid members asked us if there is anything we can do about it,” said Business Improvement District Director Jason Angell. “The City is planning a larger renovation but is waiting for Community Development Block Grant that is held up in court,” Angell said. The CDBG funds are tied up in court because of a housing between the Housing and Urban Development office and Westchester County.
“ In the mean time, we want the gazebo to look better,” Angell said.
Local business owners have volunteered to help paint and powerwash the gazebo and brick work around it. They may try to build a new community bulletin board as well. A group of three corporate businesses are providing scaffolding and man power and the BID is paying for materials, Angell said.
The BID board will need to vote on what materials they will buy.
The renovations should be complete in the next couple of weeks, Angell said.
The Peekskill City Council accepted a resolution on June 25 that allows them to accept the BID’s gift of renovation to the gazebo, since it is city-owned land and a city-owned structure.
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