City Releases Request for Interest in Former YMCA Property
After recently taking ownership of the property, the City of Poughkeepsie is seeking development proposals for the former Dutchess YMCA building. The more than 3-acre site — located at 35 Montgomery Street — is situated just south of Downtown Poughkeepsie and near Routes 44/55 and 9.
The city has released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the property. The building has been vacant since the YMCA closed its doors in 2009. The city took possession of the property at the beginning of this year. “For years, the city waited to see if private interests alone could resurrect this building, turning it into something positive for the community,” said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison. “We can no longer afford to wait. The site is too important to sit idle for this long. We must be pro-active, if the progress we have made on so many other fronts is to continue.”
For more than 40 years, the site was a hub of community activity, with community rooms, a fitness center, gymnasium, indoor track and a large swimming pool. Since the YMCA closed, the building’s condition has deteriorated. City officials are evaluating the property to better ascertain the extent of environmental remediation necessary — and to establish whether the building is salvageable or must be torn down.
The RFEI is intended to solicit ideas that will yield significant community benefit, such as economic development, social and neighborhood cohesion and/or the creation of facilities serving youth and young adults. “This is the start of a visioning process for the city and the community to determine what the best and most realistic future use of the site might be,” the Mayor said. The RFEI may lead to a Request for Proposals (RFP) process that may result in an award of a preferred developer to move the project forward and to fruition. Public-private partnerships, including with the City of Poughkeepsie, are possible.
The city will set at least two public outreach meetings in order to gather ideas about the property, and the public may submit written comments as well.
Questions from potential developers must be submitted in writing via mail, e-mail or fax by 4 p.m. Monday May 20. Proposals are due in to the City of Poughkeepsie Planning and Development Department by 3 p.m. on Monday June 3.
Details about the project can be found at http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/35montgomerystreet