Peekskill Picks Contractor for Waterfront Project

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The City of Peekskill has chosen a general contractor for Phase One of the city’s major waterfront redevelopment project that will include an elevated walkway and multi-use trailways.

The Common Council was expected Monday night to follow the recommendation of City Manager Anthony Ruggiero and award a $2.55 million bid to Eastern Excavation, Inc. of Elmsford to oversee Scenic Hudson Park at Peekskill Landing.

Peekskill received six bids from contractors ranging from $4.3 million to $2.55 million. Groundbreaking for the project is expected in the fall, according to Ruggiero, and construction will take approximately one year to complete.

“This is great news for Peekskill,” said Peekskill Mayor Mary 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.”

The city has been trying since 1998 to secure funding and deal with complex state and federal regulations to move forward with the project. Recent support from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council helped Peekskill receive financial support from Empire State Development.

Besides the walkway and trails for jogging, biking and walking along the shoreline, Scenic Hudson Park is also expected to feature a pedestrian bridge, gazebo, drinking fountain, lighting and landscaping.

Eastern Excavation has done previous work in Peekskill, completing a $1.1 million infrastructure project at River Point in 2011.

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