OSSINING, N.Y. -- The revitalization of the Village of Ossining is continuing.
At a recent meeting, a consulting firm hired by the village proposed two developments of the 1.5 acre Market Square in downtown Ossining.
Both proposals by the Downtown Revitalization Group involve significant residential and retail space as well as a new major public space for the community to gather.
Village officials are looking at a fully functioning downtown economic environment. The space would include a pavilion, kiosks, plaza area and lawn and could accommodate a farmer’s market, music concerts, festivals and other events.
“The future development of these properties will create a new village green, a place for all people to meet, for all downtown roads to cross, and continue our successful provision of housing for residents of all financial means and businesses to service the entire community,” said Mayor Bill Hanauer.
The Downtown Revitalization Group has been studying the area for 11 months and made an initial presentation in June.
The first scenario includes around 22,000 square feet of retail and almost 92,000 square feet of residential with 62 parking spaces, with two four-story buildings.
The 70 residential units would be comprised of 26 one-bedroom, 20 two-bedroom and 16 three-bedroom apartments as well as eight private townhouses. About 14,600 square feet is devoted to the public space at the intersection of Main and Spring Streets. Total development costs are estimated to be $23 million.
The second scenario would cost $3 million more and offer greater height and floor area as well as an additional 14 residential units and 21 parking spaces. The two four-story buildings proposed in the first scenario would become a five-story and seven-story building.
As a result, there would be more retail and residential space. Residential units would include 40 one-bedroom, 34 two-bedroom, and two three-bedroom apartments as well as eight private townhouses.The second scenario would have more public space.
“Urban renewal did only half of its job, tearing down derelict buildings, but leaving us with parking lots, not the highest and best use of the properties,” said Hanauer. “Now is the time to complete our village's core. Ossining’s renaissance continues.”