A developer is proposing a mixed-use project in Peekskill that would deliver scores of apartments to the Westchester city.
Cornerstone Structures plans a 125-unit mixed-use building at 201 North Division Street in Peekskill, the Rockland/Westchester Journal News reported. The building, which would stand five stories at one corner and six at another, would be on a one-acre site.
The property would be a mix of market-rate and affordable units, although the exact split hasn’t been revealed. There would also be 16,000 square feet of retail, including maker space for local artisans.
Other proposed elements include recreation space, charging stations for electric vehicles, underground parking and bicycle racks.
Joseph Thompson, the project architect, said all of the existing buildings at the site — where the RAL Plumbing and Heating building stands — were deteriorating and would need to be razed prior to residential use, citing safety hazards, according to the report.
Thompson’s design puts sustainability centerstage. It features an all-electric blueprint with no fossil fuel, high-efficiency heating and cooling, LED lighting and rooftop solar panels.
City officials appeared to be on board during Cornerstone’s presentation to the Common Council. Mayor Vivian McKenzie, however, expressed concern about scope, wanting to see the project scaled back. One council member fretted over the need to find tenants for the commercial space, although that would be Cornerstone’s burden. Company principal James Guerriero said he was committed to leading that process.
The Planning Commission will review a zoning amendment for the project in November. If that gets the go-ahead, city officials will be able to review a site plan application.
Three years ago, the commission approved a separate plan to build 82 units of affordable and workforce housing in the Inland Waterfront Zoning District along Main Street. The Wilder Balter Partners project is slated for completion in the first quarter of next year.
— Holden Walter-Warner