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Peekskill Completes Environmental Review for Central Firehouse Plan

The Peekskill Common Council approved its findings statement on the state environmental review for the central firehouse proposal.

The state environmental review for Peekskill central firehouse proposal was completed Thursday when the Common Council approved its finding statement for the project.

The move comes more than two weeks after officials accepted the final draft environmental impact statement for the project and passed a resolution authoring the use of eminent domain to acquire the land needed for the project.

A copy of the findings statement is available in the PDF file attached to this story.

"I know that there is a lot of controversy over the firehouse," said Councilwoman Marybeth McGowan. "But the council believes that, first of all, that there was proof that it would have been very difficult to bring all of the firehouses up to standard. The response time will be a little quicker and, the long run, it is fiscally responsible and will be a savings in the long-term."

Officials want to build a 36,000 square foot, $15.6 million, two-story structure built on the northwest corner of Main and Broad streets and has been studying plans for the facility since 2008. The city’s current facilities are outdated; too small for the fire trucks; too cramped for the people on duty and for proper training; and can’t be retrofitted to meet the needs current needs of the department.

The city has already acquired 1137 Main Street and 1141 Main Street in order to acquire the space needed for the project. But the city is still undergoing lengthy negotiations with the owner of the Crossroads Shopping Center, located at 1101-9 Main Street, so that it can move forward with the project.

Businesses in the shopping center that would be affected if the city decides to condemn the property have complained that it is unfair for them to have to relocate, that there other options available in terms of configuring the site, and that the city will not be able to fairly compensate them for moving.

Other city residents have complained that the scope of the project is too large and costly, given the current economic climate.

Patty Villanova December 29, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Referring to Tina's post: I haven't seen a copy of the complete DEIS. Does anyone know what it contains in the "economic impact" section?
Silent Majority December 29, 2012 at 04:14 PM
1.) What happens with the other 4 firehouses left that the city would still have to tend to because we have to make sure that oil is burning in there to ensure pipes dont freeze, buildings dont fall down etc? 2.) People in Peekskill do not want high rises as Mayor Testa found out when he proposed 14 story high rises downtown. He took the hint & didn't run again because he would not have lost & bigger aspirations looked better to him than a loss on his political score-card 3.) The one thing the volunteers & the City will not tell you, is that the first step in creating a fully paid fire department is centralizing the firehouse. This city has a fantastic track record of volunteers in the fire department, however, as volunteers are moving away & have jobs further outside the city boundaries, the paid contingency becomes more vital than ever. Not a single word has ben mentioned of this fact. 4.) complete & utter garbage is spewed & from Mayor Foster that the taxpayers will not be paying for the firehouse which is false. I can't believe that she told that to people to their faces at the common council meeting when she knows she was being recorded for future reference! 5.) its just to damned expensive right now. Sorry brother, but sometimes we have to put things off to cover our finances now. WE just laid off 18 people. Retired many more. The city is hurting. We should have had TARGET which could have paid taxes but Foster et al stabbed them in back & turned away jobs & taxes!
peekskillman December 29, 2012 at 04:33 PM
well stated all --this is a luxury that cannot be afforded at this time. The people are speaking,yet the council has not heard. To answer one of SM questions, the Highland Ave firehouse has been shuttered since the summer, condemned for use by the firemen due to a range of issues; who is now going to buy this building, given the past history, and that the city will want the new owner to make the repairs? The laundry has left, so now that whole block except the soda place is going to be vacant.The DEIS has not taken into account what this old timer has seen, and that is what is buried in the ground from urban renewal. When the backhoes start digging, we will see the mess in the ground, and then the cost is going to rise even more. The council should be more focused on putting those laid off back to work and revitalizing the city, not spending more money to pander to a few.
Robin Seggs January 01, 2013 at 10:00 PM
seriously? you called the Mayor of the City a "bitch". Women hating on women is just disgusting. I hope you don't speak that way in front of children. And this is why no one cares about your ignorant opinion.
leesther brown January 02, 2013 at 01:01 AM
@Robin...She sure did and that's kinder than I would describe her..and as far as Women hating on Women ain't nobody as disgusting as the Mayor of this City with her "Frightful, Spiteful self...

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