Hudson Valley Developer Ginsburg Aiming High With Latest Project

The former St. Mary’s Convent in Peekskill will be transformed, housing an inn, spa, restaurant, and apartments.

After completing numerous development projects and residential complexes in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, Ginsburg Development Companies (GDC) has announced its latest project will be built in Peekskill.

The $50 million project has been christened “Fort Hill” and will be built at the site of what was once St. Mary’s Convent in Peekskill. The location that once housed nuns will now be home to a number of amenities, including an inn, a spa, and a restaurant. Fort Hill will also have 178 luxury apartments available for rent, as well as 20 townhouses. The Fort Hill apartments will be located in three five-story buildings placed around a quad. The townhouses will be built along Peekskill’s Main Street in between Spring Street and Hadden Street.

Despite the new features planned for the project, Martin Ginsburg, principal of GDC, says he wants to keep the local and historic charm that many have come to know and love about this location. “We plan to preserve the existing historical architecture on the site and to combine it with new architecture and trails to create a very special inn and a unique destination for the Hudson River Valley,” he says.

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Residents will also have access to nearby Fort Hill Park, which is to be expanded soon thanks to a donation of 50 acres. The park features several hiking trails and there are plans to include a watchtower that will provide a view of the Hudson River.

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According to Ginsburg, one of the venture’s goals is to provide a new scenic destination not just for locals, but also for tourists visiting the Hudson Valley. “People have been talking about tourism for years, but nobody is creating destinations,” Ginsburg says. “Nobody is creating the places that people will want to stay while they enjoy the beauty and history of historic Peekskill with its many attractions…People will come from New York City and even farther away, and while they’re staying here, they’ll visit other areas nearby.” 

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