August 28, 2015

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Newburgh Landing rebuild design advancing

Map of the proposed project

NEWBURGH – The City of Newburgh is entering the final stages of the design process for the Newburgh Landing and South Street Park projects. They will be taking the next step soon by issuing a request for proposals for design and finding a suitable engineer to take on the agreed upon project designs.

A public hearing was held Thursday evening for the city and parties involved in the design of the new projects to present their latest ideas to the community. This was one of a series of hearings to gain public feedback on the two projects.

Edward Weinstein, principal of Edward M. Weinstein Architecture and Planning PC, the company that created the final designs for the Newburgh Landing project, said the public had specific needs they wanted met for the project, he believes the current designs meet those needs.

“They wanted a pier that could accommodate excursion boats, possibly the existing ones, possibly others, that could accommodate cruise lines which travel up and down the Hudson River, there could be an opportunity for boaters on the Hudson to dock and dine and some public space on the pier which would possibly have a stage and some sitting areas for the public,” said Weinstein.

The new alternate design, presented Thursday, will include a 200-foot-long pier and a 95-foot floating dock with areas for large, or small, boat docking in between. There has not yet been any disclosure about the estimated cost of the project.

As for the South Street Park, there has been plans for a project there going back years beginning with Scenic Hudson, which is not involved at this juncture. South Street’s Hudson access point is one of only three in the city and Newburgh Resident Richard Harper said he believes consultant GPI, along with the city, have been receptive to the public’s needs and he is excited about the project finally gaining momentum.

“We’re very happy to see South Street Park actually taking shape,” said Harper. “That concept has been around for a number of years now and we just haven’t had the political will, or the money [grant money], to move forward and now we’re doing that and that’s a good sign.”

Since both projects are still in the design phase, there is no solidified timeline for project progress; however, it is estimated that construction work, on either project, could begin within a year to year and a half.  


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