Mary F. Foster, Mayor, City of Peekskill announced today that City Manager Anthony Ruggiero will recommend Eastern Excavation, Inc. of Elmsford, New York to the Common Council Monday night, as general contractor for Phase One of the city’s major waterfront redevelopment project Scenic Hudson Park at Peekskill Landing. The project, which includes an elevated walkway, pedestrian bridge, and multi-use trailways will bring new uses and connectivity to Peekskill’s waterfront. In total, six contractors placed bids ranging from $4.3 million on the high end to Eastern’s low bid $2.55 million.
“This is great news for Peekskill,” says Mayor Foster. “The City’s riverfront always had a great deal of potential. Now our residents, businesses, and visitors will be able to enjoy it even more. Redevelopment efforts have been a longtime in coming,” she adds.
Since 1998, city officials have had to navigate a complex web of state and federal regulations—and a series of difficult funding gaps—to get the waterfront redevelopment project off the ground. But now, approvals are in place and recent support from the Governor’s Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council helped get the ball rolling with funding from Empire State Development.
“We expect to see groundbreaking in early fall,” notes City Manager Ruggiero who first worked on the Peekskill Landing project in the early 2000s as an assistant city planner.
Ruggiero adds that Peekskill Landing construction will take approximately a year. The Common Council will vote to move forward with Eastern Monday night at 7:30 p.m. during their regularly-scheduled meeting at City Hall.
About the Project
The project plan for Scenic Hudson Park at Peekskill Landing calls for the construction of an elevated walkway along the City’s legendary Hudson shoreline, a pedestrian bridge, gazebo and trellis, and multi-use trailways for jogging, biking, walking, and other outdoor activities. Amenities, like the installation of utilities and lighting, signage and trash receptors, a drinking fountain, and concrete pads and landscaping, are also included in the plan.
This is the second project Eastern Excavating has landed with the City of Peekskill. In 2011, Eastern successfully completed a $1.1 million infrastructure project at River Point.