Scenic Hudson acquires Kingston Landing property

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(photo: Pierce Johnston)

KINGSTON – Environmental organization Scenic Hudson has acquired the 508-acre site along the Hudson River that at one point was slated to be developed into the 1,682-unit mixed-use Kingston Landing development.

The property will remain closed to the public initially to secure the site and ensure public safety.

Scenic Hudson Land Trust Executive Director Steven Rosenberg said in the end, it will be available for public use.

“It is a fascinating site with a lot of different potential opportunities for public use and it is going to require good deal of hard thinking and conversations with the community to understand what is ultimately going to make sense,” he said. “There are certain improvements that we would think of as no-regrets improvements to allow passive access to certain portions of the property, and the Empire State Trail, very excitedly, will run along the entire 1.3 miles of Hudson River-front.”

Kingston Mayor Steven Noble said protecting the property “represents a transformative moment for our city.”

He said with Scenic Hudson at the helm, “we have the opportunity to create an exciting greenspace for residents and a destination for visitors to explore the unique recreational, cultural and natural resources our city offers, enhancing Kingston’ economic development.”