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
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
The city’s first public meeting on this issue was
held at the Family Partnership Center in May and was attended by about 80
“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
Thursday, June 19 – 4pm to 7pm Poughkeepsie High School Cafeteria
Come discover what Poughkeepsie has to offer, just in time for summer! The expo will feature a wealth of community-based programs and services available to local youth, including the Poughkeepsie School District’s Community Swim Program, the Adriance Library, Mill Street Loft, the Children’s Media Project, the Family Partnership, R.E.A.L. Skills, the Catherine Street Community Center, Summer Camp programs, CC4C, youth-friendly employers and more…all gathered under one roof!
Light refreshments will be served.
Parents, students, and community stakeholders are all welcome.
The Land Use Law Center is hosting a public “open house” on April 16th from 6:30-8:30pm at 305 Main Street, “The Canvas,” next door to the Artist’s Palate to discuss the draft Poughkeepsie City Center Revitalization Plan. A team of facilitators will be on staff to take public comments. The Poughkeepsie City Center Revitalization Plan (PCCRP) seeks to capitalize on all of Poughkeepsie’s assets while redressing enduring concerns about building vacancy, crime, public safety, open space, and the underutilization of land. The PCCRP generates planning concepts and implementation strategies to help reassert Poughkeepsie as the economic and cultural center of the Hudson Valley. Please help spread the word through your contacts. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 16th.
On Tuesday, April 10th, the City of Poughkeepsie, along with Pace University School of Law’s Land Use Law Center hosted a public meeting to identify issues, discuss opportunities, and strategize on solutions regarding the distressed properties in the City of Poughkeepsie. If you were unable to attend this meeting, but would like to participate in a brief survey, please go to http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22F9NZNEABZ. These are the same questions that were asked during the facilitated discussions on April 10th. We thank you for participating.
Also, you can view the PowerPoint presentation given by Professor John Nolon regarding effective public policy approaches to distressed property remediation.
Hudson River Housing and the Resource Center for Sustainable Communities present:
Placemaking in a Changing Climate: Middle Main Poughkeepsie an interactive workshop
Designing the places where we live and work so that they are beautiful and welcoming to people and commerce alike—this simple idea is re‐emerging to guide the revitalization of our marketplaces, waterfronts, and neighborhood centers. Today as climate changes press us to re‐localize our lives and protect our natural resources, the art and science of placemaking are evolving to meet new needs. Landscape architecture is joining urban design and economic development to create strategies for cooling city centers; conserving water; growing food; and making wise choices about the use and protection of land. Continue reading Community Workshop – Placemaking in a Changing Climate: Middle Main Poughkeepsie