FISHKILL – The New York State Historic Preservation Office has declared that the proposed commercial construction on an undeveloped portion of the historic Fishkill Supply Depot lands could negatively impact the site’s archeological cultural resources.
The group Friends of Fishkill Supply Depot has been trying to block the
development of the property to preserve the site. Its president, Lance
Ashworth, applauded the position of the state agency.
“Not only is the plan going to destroy the unique archeological features that are from the supply and logistics function of the Continental Army, but beyond that if he tip-toes around and tries to develop on the spots that may be light on cultural resources, it is going to clash what is there; it’s a very reverent, historic site; it ought to remain so,” Ashworth said.
The owner of the 10.5 acre property wants $3.5 to $4 million for it, Ashworth said. The Friends group hopes to persuade government environmental officials to block the project on the site that is on the National Register of Historic Places.