Hudson Heritage (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Site/Location: The 150-plus-acre project site is located in the Town of Poughkeepsie, New York, by Route 9, directly across from Dutchess County’s Quiet Cove Park and the Marist College campus.
History/Situation: This was the site of the former Hudson River State Hospital and its fantastic array of Victorian High Gothic buildings (1868-95), many designed by Frederick Clarke Withers, with beautiful grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux (who designed New York’s Central Park). Though new construction continued on the site into the 1950s, by the late 1970s many of the historic buildings had fallen into disrepair and/or disuse. In 2005, the main hospital campus was sold for redevelopment to the Hudson Heritage LLC. In 2007, lightning struck one of the main historic buildings, causing a catastrophic fire. The totality of the hospital campus was closed in 2011.
Community Benefit/Current Status: The proposed development plan would include an attempt to rehabilitate and convert at least a portion (including the dramatic façade) of the impressive Landmark Building for affordable rental apartments, and overall converting the property into a mixture of multifamily, commercial and retail spaces. The project also proposes to preserve the approximately 18 acre “Great Lawn” as a centerpiece for the overall development.
For more information on this project, please Contact Us