Condos, apartments win approval near Peekskill’s downtown, riverfront


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PEEKSKILL — More than 70 new condos and rental apartments recently received city Planning Commission approval for locations close to the Hudson River or in the downtown — and more could be on the way.

River View Place, a 51-unit condo complex at 505 South St., is slated to have 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units, an outdoor swimming pool, a pool deck, and a first-floor fitness center and club room, according to documents. How much units will cost or when the project would get underway weren’t known.

The four-floor building, with a garage beneath it, is slated for 2.5 acres close to the train station and bordered by South, Smith and Grove streets. Each floor would have 11 to 13 units.

The Peekskill Planning Commission recently approved plans for the Riverview Place 51-unit condominium complex at 505 South St. (Photo: Filed with the Peekskill Department of Planning and Development; The Sullivan Architectural Group)

During recent Planning Commission discussion, comments included that the building could draw a mix of empty-nesters, people starting out with a first home, commuters, and people working from home.

“I’m really satisfied with how far the project’s come,” Commissioner Christopher Gomez said, noting he liked the building’s color scheme and said the amenities were tastefully done.

City planners also approved this month plans for a three-story building by Unicorn Contracting Corp. It’s slated to have 22 apartments, two ground-floor commercial spaces and parking for 22 vehicles at 216 S. Division Street, at the corner of Second Street. 

Planned are 20 two-bedroom units and 2 one-bedroom units. The city Historic Preservation Advisory Board approved in March the demolition of an existing building on the site.

The housing’s location puts future residents close to the Beanrunner Café, Peekskill Coffee House, the Eagle Saloon, and the Hudson Room. Potential rents were not known.

“We think it offers an exciting opportunity to make a significant improvement on this corner lot,” Joseph Thompson, the development’s architect, told the Planning Commission. “The building seeks to complement the surroundings and be a positive contribution to the historic fabric of the district.”

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Meanwhile, another proposed apartment development has taken a a step forward.

The Common Council this month voted to have City Manager Andy Stewart enter into a contract to sell a vacant city-owned lot at 657 Central Ave. to a developer who has proposed building 78 units as part of the Magnolia Heights Apartments.

Most are proposed to be luxury apartments, with 10% of them a mix of affordable housing and similarly less expensive housing aimed at municipal employees, according to Jean Friedman, the city planning director. 

The building proposed by Yonkers-based Cottage International Development Group would be near the Hudson River. It was unclear what specific rents might be, though documents earlier this year indicated that the apartments of various sizes — aside from those designated as affordable units — would rent for upwards of $2,000 a month.

Michael McKinney covers northern Westchester. Follow him on Twitter @mikemckwrite. Visit to sign up for a subscription.

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