Category Archives: Development

Buildings, infrastructure, urban planning

Beacon Development: How Much Parking?

1 east main

On Tuesday, January 10, at 7pm at City Hall, the city planning board will hold a public hearing on the current development plans for 1 East Main Street. Beacon Deserves Better is excited to see that the old blanket factory on the corner of Main and East Main will be repurposed for office, residential, and…

Part II of Can TODs Save Our Cities (and Suburbs): Shallow Ecology

Inspiring me to write Part II of Can TODs Save Our Cities? is this breaking news from the always-ahead-of-the-curve New York Times: Death of the Fringe Suburb! (exclamation point mine.)  The writer, Christopher Leinberger,  covers all the well-known suburban sprawl memes. Yes, Chris, that corpse has been pronounced dead by any number of planning pundits….

MTA Sneaking in Big New Beacon Parking Lot
Under Disaster Relief Ruse?


The MTA is installing 94 new parking spots at the Beacon waterfront. Although MetroNorth apparently told the City of Beacon the spots would be temporary, the photograph above clearly shows large sonotube bases being prepared for full size “temporary” lighting. The “temporary” asphalt is scheduled to be put down some time next week. This swift installation raises…

Hospital Conversion Plans in Beacon Meet Heavy Opposition

st francis library

Beacon residents living near 11 Hastings Drive, a 20-acre site that includes the old St. Francis Hospital, turned out in force to speak at a city council meeting on Monday, October 4. They presented a united front in opposition to the potential developer’s request for a zoning change that would allow 60 apartments in phase…

Walgreens Seeking to Locate in Beacon

Walgreens coming soon

While the long line of cars exiting the Beacon train station every evening is an annoyance at best to most, Walgreens sees green. The country’s largest drugstore retail chain is seeking to locate a store with a drive-through at the corner of Beekman and North Ave (9D), where Spire Studios is currently. Initial plans called…

Open Space Institute tags a half million acres as suitable for sustainable development in Catskill region

Open Space Institute preferred growth map of Catskill region

Report indicates that growth can occur without harming the region’s farmland, water and other open space resources The Open Space Institute released a report this month identifying what it says are 500,000 acres of “preferred growth” land in the Catskills. OSI says this is more than 10 times the amount likely to be developed in…

DOT restores 15 ton weight limit on Denning’s Point bridge

Bridge to Denning's Point in Beacon

Beacon Institute’s CEIE and Denning’s Point trails to reopen to the public in April Beacon, NY–The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) informed the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries that it has restored the 15 ton weight limit on the bridge…

Open Streets in the Hudson Valley

Miami was one of the first U.S. cities to promote a Ciclovia

Today is the one-year anniversary of the United States Department of Transportation announcement that “the establishment of well-connected walking and bicycling networks” will be part of all federal-aid transportation projects. Signed on March 11, 2010, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood broke the news March 15 at the National Bike Summit: We are integrating the needs of…

Wind Turbines on the Fishkill Ridge and the Gunks

A wind operation in Clinton County, NY

A representative from Windpower Unlimited will be speaking at the Beacon Sloop Club’s monthly meeting this Friday at 7:30. Windpower Unlimited is reaching out to environmental organizations and the public to support the idea of leasing State lands to generate wind power. He is scheduled to speak about 8:00. Pot-luck dinner at 6:30. Most people…

Is Our Water Too Cheap?

The parking lot at this public educational center, located at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries on Denning's Point,minimizes stormwater runoff from parking areas by encouraging infiltration. Concrete paving stones are set in the ground to provide structure in order to sufficiently support the weight of cars parked in the area, but still allow water to infiltrate into the ground in the spaces between.

The Hudson Valley was recently referred to as “the Saudi Arabia of water,” rich in a resource that is scarce and expensive in much of the world.  The analogy, from a seminar held this fall in New Paltz,  is not a complete parallel. While life without oil would be vastly different, “Life is not possible…