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New 1,000 linear ft. Riverfront Park to Attract Visitors and Businesses

Local leaders and government officials gathered today for a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the Rensselaer riverfront esplanade, former Rensselaer High School site, located at 575 Broadway in Rensselaer. Many government representatives, project leaders and community members gathered to mark the start of the $3.1M project which will be transformative for city residents, visitors and its economic impact.

“I congratulate the City of Rensselaer on beginning this important project that will revitalize the City’s Hudson River waterfront for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike,” said New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “The New York Department of State is proud to support this esplanade and has long backed transformative projects in this City and region that spur economic development and have a positive impact on local communities.”

“Rensselaer County and the City of Rensselaer are quickly becoming known as new and exciting opportunities for developers and businesses to invest in,” says City of Rensselaer Mayor Daniel Dwyer. “The riverfront esplanade will only add to the exciting economic development and welcoming atmosphere of the community.”

The City of Rensselaer has received $3.1M in grants from New York State to support plans to design and build a riverfront esplanade along de Laet's Landing and is pursuing funding to continue it north to the city boat launch off of Forbes Avenue. The new 1.5 acre park and 1,000 linear ft. riverfront park will offer greenspace, a bike path and the potential to hold outdoor summer concerts while offering sweeping views of Albany across the Hudson River. There are plans to have commercial and residential economic development along the waterfront on the remaining 20 acres.

Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors Inc. was awarded the bid and the projected completion is set for May of 2017. Creighton Manning Engineering and Behan Planning designed the project with public involvement on behalf of the city.