City of Poughkeepsie to Hold Public Meeting Monday Regarding Former YMCA Site
The City of Poughkeepsie is holding a public meeting Monday 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.
“This is an important opportunity for the public to be heard,” said Mayor Rolison. “This site has been dormant for too long and, with the public’s input, the city has to make a key decision about what comes next.”
The city has taken ownership of the property and 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.
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.
Details about the project can be found at http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/35montgomerystreet