The Village of Ossining broke ground for the new Harbor Square luxury living complex last week, giving the small and unassuming Westchester village a touch of modern development.
Ossining Mayor William Hanauer has dubbed the resurgence of his town “The Renaissance of Ossining.” Working to revitalize the downtown and Main Street areas of Ossining, Harbor Square is a large part of the Mayor’s grand plan.
Developed by Martin Ginsberg, the Harbor Square complex is set to consist of luxury apartments, a “world-class” restaurant, a public park area, sculptures, and many more amenities. Affordable housing has also been embedded within the plans due to new zoning laws and building requirements that the Mayor and Board of Trustees pushed forward in 2009. Under this new Affordable Housing Act, any project consisting of six units or more must have a tenth of its units dedicated to affordable housing. In accordance with this law, 19 units in the complex will be set aside for this purpose.
Ossining Mayor William Hanauer
Hanauer has expressed support for affordable housing in the past, and said the requirements would not reduce the property value in any way. He also indicated that there would be no special limitations placed on the low-income housing to control the persons inhabiting the units.
While the overarching theme of Harbor Square is the revitalization of Ossining, there are also efforts devoted to inclusion and community. Hanauer has stated that there will be no fences, hedges, or gates to separate Harbor Square from the rest of the area. Unlike complexes such as Half Moon Bay in Croton-on-Hudson, which have security measures in place to ensure people who come in and out are residents of the area, Harbor Square will be a public park open to residents and non-residents alike.
There has also been chatter of Harbor Square becoming the beacon of tourism in Ossining. Ginsberg suggests that river cruise ships may soon be possible on the Hudson River due to projects like Harbor Square.
“I believe there is a unique opportunity in Ossining to become a key Hudson River destination,” he said discussing plans to extend the current pier and reopen the previously abandoned Sing Sing Historic Prison Museum Project.
This tourism prospect could be a positive driver of Ossining’s economy. Jobs provided by the construction work and permanent jobs provided by Harbor Square’s new restaurant could also help bolster the village’s economic interests.
There is no doubt that repurposing and developing the waterfront areas across Westchester have been widely discussed in many towns and cities. Ossining boasts the newly completed Avalon complex and soon-to-be standing Harbor Square, and SunCal, a California-based real estate developer, just struck a deal with GM to buy a 97-acre site in Sleepy Hollow for $1 billion.
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Martin Ginsberg, center, will develop the new project.
Harbor Square will overlook the Hudson River.