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The City of Peekskill on Track to Break Ground for ‘Scenic Hudson Park’ With New Contractor, Con-Tech

Work is now underway at the site for 'Scenic Hudson Park' to prepare for construction.

Work is now underway at the site for ‘Scenic Hudson Park’ to prepare for construction.

Scenic Hudson Park at Peekskill Landing Represents the First Phase of the City’s $8 Million Waterfront Redevelopment Project and Will Break Ground in Early Fall

The City of Peekskill Common Council approved September 9 a new general contractor for Phase One of the city’s major waterfront redevelopment project, Scenic Hudson Park at Peekskill Landing. Con-Tech Construction Technology, Inc., of Yorktown Heights, NY, takes the lead after Eastern Excavation, Inc., notified city officials it wished to withdraw its bid following “mistakes” made in its proposal. In total, six contractors placed bids ranging from $4.3 million on the high end with Con-Tech submitting the second-lowest bid of $3.29 million. Project funding comes from a $3.5 million grant awarded by the Mid Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and Empire State Development.

“We’re thrilled to be moving forward with the project within our original timeframe and budget,” said Anthony Ruggiero, Peekskill’s City Manager. “Preparation is now underway to prepare the site for construction, bringing us one step closer to improving the city’s waterfront for the enjoyment of residents, businesses and visitors.”

The project, which includes an elevated walkway, pedestrian bridge, and multi-use trailways will bring new uses and connectivity to Peekskill’s waterfront. 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. Approvals are now in place and recent support from the Governor’s Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council helped get the ball rolling with funding.

“Con Tech comes highly recommended,” City Engineer Brent VanZandt informed the Common Council at Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting, noting that the New York State Department of Transportation reported they were pleased with the firm’s work on a recent complex project.

Peekskill Landing construction is expected to take approximately one year.

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.

Fifty miles north of Manhattan, The City of Peekskill is among the historic Hudson River towns in Westchester. Formerly one of New York’s manufacturing bases, Peekskill underwent economic revitalization in the 1990s. It is home today to many small businesses and medical facilities, as well as a thriving downtown hub that has attracted galleries, coffee houses, restaurants, and artists’ studios. The Paramount Theater is an important component of that hub. Visit www.cityofpeekskill.com for more information.

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