City of Poughkeepsie Intends to Release Applicant Information Regarding YMCA Site Friday, Sept. 6
On Friday, Sept. 6, the City of Poughkeepsie will release the applicant information it has received regarding possible future uses of the former YMCA property on Montgomery Street. The city will hold a public information session at a later date to receive input from residents about the plans.
Earlier this year, the city took ownership of the property as part of its anti-blight initiative. It then released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI), with the goal of soliciting ideas for future uses of the property that will yield significant community benefit.
The submission date for proposals is 3 p.m. Thursday Sept. 5.
“We promised the public an open process, and we are delivering,” said Mayor Rob Rolison. “The public shouldn’t have to wait long to find out more about what is being proposed. The city is giving itself one day to release the information, in the event an applicant comes in the day of the deadline.”
During this process, the city has held two well-attended meetings and then answered dozens of questions the public posed at those meetings. Those answers have been posted on the city’s website about this project, http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/35montgomerystreet
The city also presented to the public a video showing extensive damage to the inside of the building that has been vacant for about a decade.
“Whatever becomes of the site,” said Mayor Rolison. “The public should be mindful it will take time to complete any substantial initiative. We look forward to sharing information and continuing to work with the public and any would-be applicant on the best solution to bringing a positive, community-minded project to fruition.”