There’s no overestimating the value of access to the Hudson River, and so there’s no way to put a price on the promenade being built in Haverstraw as part of builder Martin Ginsburg’s Harbors at Haverstraw development.
The promenade, which will run for 1.5 miles along the riverfront, will cost $14 million to build. Ginsburg will gradually line that part of the river with 850 units of mostly luxury housing.
Think of it like one of those credit card commercials.
New housing replacing mostly abandoned industrial sites: $400 million.
A 12-foot-wide walkway with benches, decorative lighting and historical markers: $14 million.
Public access to 1.5 miles of the Hudson River: Priceless.
Haverstraw and Rockland residents haven’t had easy access to that part of the river since before the village’s day as “Brick Capital of the World.”
Now, with a new era dawning as Ginsburg’s project takes shape, the village is about to undergo a transformation unmatched since the closing of the brickyards.
Driving through the development’s first section on a rare recent evening without rain, a visitor could see people going about life along the emerging riverfront — arriving home to their townhouses, making dinner, watching TV. Although a little taller and on roads a little narrower than my mind’s eye envisioned, it’s easy to see why the townhouses command prices in the $400,000 to $1 million range.
There are other signs of new life. New shops and restaurants; a Rockland Community College satellite campus serving the community; and, after a delay, the Haverstraw Community Center getting its addition.
The parking lot for the Haverstraw-Ossining ferry is surprisingly full on a Monday evening, and there’s funding taking shape for a Haverstraw-Yonkers-Manhattan ferry. With some design changes, a bridge at Short Clove Road will ease access from Route 9W.
Before long, a streetscape project funded with $800,000 from the state Department of Transportation will unfold along Main Street and Broadway. It will expand sidewalks, and add decorative pavers and period street lighting to enhance the outdoor dining experience where appropriate.
Some of the first Harbors at Haverstraw residents have told us they like to drop into the local establishments, using the $100 in “Haverbucks” Ginsburg has given them to promote trips into the village’s downtown.
There will be new and revitalized affordable housing as part of Ginsburg’s project, and the village is also considering a “floating zone,” one that would allow for inclusive affordable housing for seniors and emergency services volunteers.
The above was happily borrowed from The Rockland Journal News, a Gannett Suburban News Corporation. The article was written by reporter and columnist Bob Baird, a Rockland County resident and activist…