Letter to the Editor: INFORMATIONAL MEETING IN HAVERSTRAW

To to Editor,

The Village of Haverstraw is pleased to announce a Public Information Meeting on Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 40 New Main St., for the purpose of discussing the conceptual plans for our Henry Hudson Quadricentennial Park (HHQP) promenade, which will be developed from Emeline Park (at the foot of Main St.), north to Warren Avenue in the Village. This three mile walking path will connect the downtown village to Bowline Park, Peck’s Pond Park and points north via a meandering path along the shores of the Hudson River. It will allow nearly continuous waterfront access to village residents, and others, when combined with the existing Harbors at Haverstraw promenade (another public waterfront promenade) and existing waterside public roadways. The engineering and design team is headed by McLaren Engineering of West Nyack, NY and RGR Landscape Architecture of NY, NY.

The property for this walkway has been acquired by the Village of Haverstraw over the past several years. It includes the property of the former Empire State Chair Factory and lands donated to the Village by GenOn, Inc. (now NRG), the owners of the Bowline Generating Station. GenOn’s contribution was vital to this project being possible. The HHQP promenade is being largely funded by a New York State Department of State grant of $1 million awarded to the Village in 2010 to design and construct the promenade. The concept plans detail the expected route and proposed highlights along the path, as well as alternatives for materials to be used, signage, lighting and amenities such as seating, trash receptacles, etc. The village and the designers are seeking input on the proposed design before finalizing the details and proceeding to construction documents and bidding. The project is designed in phases to accommodate budgetary constraints. Anyone interested in this project is invited to join us on Wednesday, May 8 to listen and offer their input.

Sincerely,
Mayor Mike Kohut
Village of Haverstraw