City of Poughkeepsie Answers Dozens of Questions Posed During Two Public Meetings Regarding Former YMCA Property
With approximately one month before a key deadline, City of Poughkeepsie officials have answered dozens of questions from the public regarding possible future uses of the former Dutchess YMCA property on Montgomery Street. Those answers have been posted on the city’s website about this project, http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/35montgomerystreet
The city has held two well-attended meetings regarding the fate of the YMCA site. 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 also presented a video showing extensive damage to the inside of the building that has been vacant for about a decade.
“City staff have put a significant amount of time into this effort,” said Mayor Rob Rolison. “Answering the public’s questions to the best of our abilities most certainly is a key component of this process.”
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) for the property, with the goal of soliciting ideas for future uses of the property that will yield significant community benefit.
The submission date for proposals to 3 p.m. Thursday Sept. 5.
As that date nears, city officials also have 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. 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/