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Vision For Hastings Waterfront Development Discussed

The Hastings-on-Hudson Waterfront Infrastructure Committee presented several preliminary schemes for possible land use if the waterfront redevelopment happens.
The Hastings-on-Hudson Waterfront Infrastructure Committee presented several preliminary schemes for possible land use if the waterfront redevelopment happens. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - Village residents visited the James Harmon Community Center Wednesday as the Village Board of Trustees and the Hastings-on-Hudson Waterfront Infrastructure Committee opened exploratory discussions on the development of the Hudson River waterfront.

Nearly 100 residents attended the workshop, where the Infrastructure Committee, appointed in April 2012 by the Village Board, explained options of land use, open and green space and other matters pertaining to the future use of the proposed land adjacent to the Hastings railroad station.

The committee detailed use of the land in respect to preserving existing views of the Hudson River from several points above the waterfront, including views from the elevated land at the Hastings Library. Proposed buildings would be restricted to 55 feet in height and construction would require setbacks of 60-100 feet from the shore line.

Committee member William Lee Kinnally Jr. led the meeting and explained the need for residents' input as the process continued.

Residents were most concerned with vehicular access by bridge from the village to the waterfront, flooding caused by hurricanes Irene and Sandy and the preservation of green space.

Committee member Ed Weinstein noted the existing Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood requirements that demand allowances for rising flood tides along the river.

The committee did not propose specific use of the land space available for development but noted the property might include residential, commercial, entertainment and other uses. A significant amount of the land is restricted to open and green space.

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