POUGHKEEPSIE – City of Poughkeepsie officials announced they have decided not to move forward with the submissions received regarding the development of a prominent 14-acre site on the city’s southern waterfront.
The city created a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the DeLaval site, which takes its name from the former owner and occupant of the site, the DeLaval Separator Company.
The site is the last parcel with undeveloped acres on the city’s waterfront, with spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Highland bluffs of Franny Reese Park.
The city received two submissions and are grateful these developers came forward to express interest in the project.
Mayor Marc Nelson, who will leave office after this year, said, “After careful consideration, we believe it is best to wait and provide an opportunity to allow the next administration to proceed with the project in a manner they deem most appropriate.”
Both the mayor’s position and Common Council seats are for voter consideration this November.
Nelson did express hope that the next administration would arrive at the overarching goal of creating an anchor on the southern waterfront — providing public space and water-related uses, driving tourism to bolster the local economy and complementing existing waterfront assets, such as Waryas Park and the Walkway Over the Hudson.