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Ossining Gets $485,000 Grant for Riverfront Park

OSSINING, N.Y. – The village of Ossining has received a $485,000 grant from the state governor's office to construct a 1.6-acre park along the Hudson River by One Harbor Square.

"The last conversations I had with the developer, they were anticipating trying to get started on the work this coming year," said Valerie Monastra, the director of planning for the village, referring to One Harbor Square developers Louis Cappelli and Martin Ginsburg.

Construction on the One Harbor Square planned riverfront condominiums began in 2008 with workers putting in some piles to prepare the construction site, Monastra said. Since then, construction has stalled for over three years with developers suffering impacts from a slowed economy.

With the economy picking up again, Cappelli and Ginsburg are planning to start moving forward with construction in 2012, Monastra said.

The 1.6-acre public park, called the Harbor Square Promenade Park, will be built on the village-owned portion of the One Harbor Square site. It will primarily be a riverwalk trail with various amenities, including benches, lighting, fencing and public art.

Another location on a part of the One Harbor Square property that is not owned by the village will feature stages for events that the village and community put on.

"We just got the grant so it will take some time to do the administrative work before work can commence on the project, but it would be nice if they had it done by summertime," Monastra said.

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