Ossining, N.Y. (June 12, 2014) – Harbor Square, a $65 million mixed-use development by Ginsburg Development Companies (GDC), officially broke ground – marking the realization of a project that is a critical component of the Village of Ossining’s plan to revitalize both their Hudson River waterfront and downtown business district. Construction has commenced with pile drivers installing piles up to 150 feet deep for the foundation.
Pictured left to right is Ingrid Richards, Village of Ossining’s Manager of Downtown and Economic Development; Valerie Monastra, Village Planner; Lori Lee Dickson, Village Attorney; Victoria Gearity, Village Trustee; Richard Leins, Village Manager; Village of Ossining Mayor William R. Hanauer;Martin Ginsburg, Principal of Ginsburg Development Companies (GDC); Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett; Nick Barbato, Cooper-Horowitz, Inc; Dan Mulvey, Executive VP of GDC; Joe Dziegelewski, Senoir VP of GDC; Adam Horowitz, Cooper-Horowitz, Inc; and Westchester IDA Director Jim Coleman
Members of the Village Board, Mayor William R. Hanauer, and developer Martin Ginsburg were joined by local and state officials to kick-off the construction of the Harbor Square project, which is expected to create more than 300 construction jobs over a period of two years. The project is comprised of a 188-unit full service luxury rental building offering market-leading amenities, a 5,000 square foot destination waterfront restaurant, and a new Hudson River waterfront park and promenade to be distinguished by several monumental public sculptures and a creative children’s playground. Pursuant to Ossining’s policy, 10% of the units (19) will be dedicated to affordable workforce housing for those making up to 80% of Westchester County’s median income.
“We are very excited to see this project finally come to fruition after years of careful planning and an unavoidable delay due to the economic downturn. Now we look forward to the future and the many positive impacts that Harbor Square will bring to our Village… from increasing the economic diversity of our residents living near the downtown, which will benefit Main Street businesses, to the greater tax revenues. Harbor Square’s spectacularly scenic waterfront restaurant will be a major draw throughout the region and the new park along the Hudson River will extend Ossining’s River Walk and enhance the quality of life for all of those who visit,” said Mayor Hanauer.
Harbor Square marks the post-recession return of GDC to development in Westchester County, where the firm was founded 50 years ago in 1964. GDC has built more than 35 luxury residential projects throughout the region with a company focus on properties along the Hudson River, including the Harbors-at-Haverstraw community in Rockland County where 330 units have been built to date.
“GDC is thrilled to finally begin building this exciting new development. We had a lot of time to perfect the design! I am even more thrilled to be back on the Hudson River. It has been over 12 years since we initiated the ferry connecting Haverstraw and Rockland County with Ossining and Westchester. We have another opportunity here to turn a former industrial brownfield site into an important riverfront attraction and economic driver for the Village of Ossining. The residential building at Harbor Square will be unique to this marketplace, with world-class architectural style, beautiful interior design and finishes, unparalleled amenities including a rooftop pool, fitness center and an exciting spa, as well as full concierge services. When given the opportunity to develop a unique Hudson River site adjoining the Metro-North Train Station, we must do something truly exceptional. The Village wants it to be so and we are delivering it,” said GDC Principal Martin Ginsburg.
GDC anticipates a broad market for the units at Harbor Square, from singles and young couples who are not yet ready to purchase a home, to empty nesters who want a truly exciting residence where they can live in a resort-like environment all year long. First residential occupancy is expected in March 2016.
“The county’s Industrial Development Agency is proud to support this incredible project with more than $2.3 million in sales and mortgage tax incentives,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “This visionary development will create jobs for our residents and provide tax revenue for our schools and local services. This partnership between the county, the village, the town and one of our most accomplished developers is Westchester at its best.”
Harbor Square is the first of four groundbreakings for residential rental projects that GDC will begin constructing this year. The others are a 330-unit project in the Greystone neighborhood of Yonkers, a 110-unit building representing the next phase of Harbors-at-Haverstraw, and a 66-unit project along the Saw Mill River in Hastings-on-Hudson.
“As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we at GDC have a historic period of activity ahead,” concluded Ginsburg.
GDC is pleased to be the lead Sponsor of the Village of Ossining’s Bicentennial Celebration. Ossining was the first village to be incorporated in Westchester County back in 1813, when it was still known as Sing Sing.
The celebration will include an exhibit of large outdoor sculptures in the downtown/waterfront area of the village, as well as many events throughout the year to mark this important milestone. The full calendar of events can be found at the official website at www.celebrateossining.com.
The Bicentennial Celebration Committee has published a beautiful and informative journal, “The Ossining Story”, which can be purchased through the website for $14.50.
GDC is proud of Ossining’s past and a big believer in its future – where the company is about to make a significant investment with the Harbor Square waterfront revitalization project that will include a 188-unit luxury apartment building, a new waterfront restaurant and a beautiful park for all to enjoy.
Congratulations to all our friends in Ossining!