City Sets Second Public Meeting Regarding Former YMCA Property
On Wednesday, June 26, City of Poughkeepsie officials will hold their second public meeting regarding possible future uses for the former Dutchess YMCA property, and they plan to show video footage of the inside of the building that has been vacant for about a decade.
“The damage is extensive,” said Mayor Rob Rolison. “We think it’s important for the public to get a clear picture of the status of the building.”
The city hired an environmental consultant group to inspect the building and take the video. The group recommends that no individuals enter the building without full hazmat clothing due to the interior condition of the building, and that includes city employees.
Wednesday’s meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St. in Poughkeepsie.
The city took ownership of the YMCA property earlier this year and has released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the property. 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 YMCA closed its doors in 2009.
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 city’s first public meeting on this issue was held at the Family Partnership Center in May and was attended by about 80 people.
“We had a good turnout at that first meeting and heard comments for about 90 minutes,” Mayor Rolison noted. “We intend to keep this discussion going and also give those who perhaps could not make the first meeting a chance to be heard.”
The city also has extended the submission date for proposals to 3 p.m. Monday August 5.
Questions from potential developers must be submitted in writing via mail, e-mail or fax by 4 p.m. Monday July 15.
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. Details about the project can be found at http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/35montgomerystreet