BEACON – The former Beacon Correctional Facility in the City of Beacon and Town of Fishkill will be developed into a food, farming, sports, education, hospitality and recreational facility.
The 39-acre site is expected to foster some $62 million in investment, create 295 construction jobs and between 150 and 250 permanent jobs.
The state’s Empire State Development Corporation selected the Urban Green Food proposal to redevelopment the former prison farm for women into a commercial kitchen; 103-room hotel, restaurant and event space; landscape design and nursery business; community gardens and small-scale agriculture; athletic facilities; classrooms for job training; and maker space for local artisans.
Developer Urban Green Buildings teamed up with two local businesses that will provide services on the site – Common Ground Farm and All You Knead Bakery – to form the Urban Green Food team.
The Beacon Correctional Facility closed in 2013 after serving as a minimum-security correctional facility for women.