September 20, 2012

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Environmental consortium receives state funds for Poughkeepsie project

POUGHKEEPSIE – Five organizations have been awarded $100,000 from the State Environmental Protection Fund to cover much of the cost of a “Green Infrastructure” project along the Fall Kill Creek in the Middle Main Street neighborhood of Poughkeepsie.

The total project will cost $126,000 and is going to be conducted by Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Hudson River Housing and “Partners”.

Ryan Palmer, the Fall Kill watershed coordinator for Clearwater, said the project will include, among other green infrastructure components the planting of trees in enhanced tree pits.

“These are like when you walk down the street and see street trees along the sidewalk; they just have extra retention area underneath them,” Palmer said. They also plan to install permeable pavers in parking areas instead of using impervious asphalt to rainwater will infiltrate and the overflow will go into a rain garden.

The project will center on the old Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, a national Historic Landmark built in 1874. The 21,000 square foot, three-story building, recently bought by Hudson River Housing, will be remodeled for mixed income residential units, and a first floor commercial space, which will house community-centered programming.

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