City Extends Deadline for Responses to ‘Request for Expressions of Interest’ Regarding Former YMCA Property
City of Poughkeepsie officials have extended the deadline from Aug. 5 to Sept. 5 in order to afford potential respondents further time to present their vision for future use of the former Dutchess YMCA property on Montgomery Street.
Since releasing a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the property earlier this year, the city has held two well-attended public meetings regarding the former YMCA site and wants to give respondents more time to put forth their ideas. The first meeting, at the Family Partnership Center in May, was attended by about 80 people. The second one, at the Christ Episcopal Church in June, attracted approximately 80 as well. At the second meeting, the city presented a video showing extensive damage to the inside of the building that has been vacant for about a decade. The city took ownership of the property as part of its anti-blight initiative.
The RFEI is intended to solicit ideas that will yield significant community benefit, such as social and neighborhood cohesion and/or the creation of facilities serving youth and young adults.
“Whatever becomes of the site,” said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison. “This will no doubt be a complex project, which will likely spur innovation and new collaborations. The public comments to date have been insightful.”
The city has extended the submission date for proposals to 3 p.m. Thursday Sept. 5.
As this process continues, the city officials recently approved an additional $100,000 to its Youth Activities & Opportunities Program established in 2018. The awards assist local non-profit organizations by providing funding to support clubs and leagues as well as various summer and educational programs. The recent budget amendment makes available immediately to eligible organizations that provide positive, creative and healthy programs and activities for children.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Social Development at (845) 451-4046 for further information or to discuss program eligibility. The application form can be found here: http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/commdev/
Details about the YMCA project can be found at http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/35montgomerystreet