City Sets Public Meeting Regarding Former YMCA Site
After taking ownership of the property earlier this year, the City of Poughkeepsie has set a public meeting regarding possible uses for the former Dutchess YMCA site. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday May 13 at the Family Partnership Center, 29 North Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie.
Mayor Rob Rolison will make introductory remarks. John Penney, community engagement director for the City of Poughkeepsie, will then moderate a discussion with Paul Calogerakis, Economic Development Director for the city, and Paul Hesse, Community Development Coordinator for the city. This conversation will be followed by questions from the public.
The City of Poughkeepsie is seeking development proposals for the more than 3-acre site located at 35 Montgomery Street. The building has been vacant since the YMCA closed its doors in 2009.
City officials are evaluating the condition of the property — and to establish whether the building is salvageable or must be torn down.
The city has released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the property. 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. 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.
“We look forward to hearing more from the community about their thoughts for this site,” said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.
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
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