OSSINING – Ginsburg Development begins construction this week of the long-planned Harbor Square, a 188-unit luxury waterfront rental building.
Local officials and the developer consider the project a key part of the revitalization at the Hudson River and the village's historic downtown.
"It is a huge economic boon to the village," said Mayor William Hanauer. "It will bring new people with disposable income to the village. It will bring new commerce into the village. And it will open the riverfront as our front door — as it once was in the early days of Ossining."
The apartments on Westerly Road, off Main Street and Route 9, will feature high-end amenities such as a rooftop swimming pool, a spa and concierge services. There will also be public sections — a restaurant with outdoor seating, a waterfront park with sculptures and a walking promenade, Ginsburg noted.
"I have a particular passion for the Hudson River, which is historically significant to the state and the city, and I have always felt that the Ossining waterfront is a major spot," said Martin Ginsburg, president of Ginsburg Development Corp., which built Ichabod's Landing in Tarrytown, River Bend in Peekskill and Harbors at Haverstraw.
For Ginsburg, Harbor Square is the perfect project in the perfect spot. He emphasized that rental apartments are on the rise in the local construction scene because so many young professionals and adults in transition are seeking this type of housing, including the newly opened Avalon apartments in the Town of Ossining.
"We are excited about doing something that will have an impact on Hudson River communities and I think it could act as a catalyst (for) more aggressive movement," the developer said.
Ginsburg said a final decision has not been made on the roughly 5,000-square-foot restaurant at the waterfront, but he hopes it will have a diverse enough menu to attract tourists and families living nearby, and offer a large terrace for parties and events.
The apartments will offer river views, covered garage spaces, a two-story lobby and units with many luxury finishes such as stone countertops and wood floors. Occupancy is expected in March 2016, and 10 percent will be "affordable housing" units.
Hanauer said the village is moving forward on a plan to extend the pier and has applied for a state grant. He said that construction is also underway on a new 31-unit apartment building on Main Street near the farmers market location.
"There is a lot going on and it is all good for Ossining residents and businesses," he said.