Ginsburg Development Begins New Peekskill Rental Project

Real Estate In-Depth | June 2017

A rendering of the Fort Hill Apartments at the Abbey Inn development.

PEEKSKILL—Ginsburg Development Companies, joined with City of Peekskill and Westchester County officials on June 13 in breaking ground on a $64.5-million mixed-use project that will transform the former St. Mary’s convent property into a resort-style tourist destination.

The new development will include luxury rentals apartments as well as a spa, hotel and restaurant.

Called “Fort Hill Apartments at the Abbey Inn,” the project will feature 178 luxury one-, two- and three-bedroom rental apartments in three, five-story buildings arranged in a quad around a wooded knoll. Located on the newly dedicated Fort Hill Road at John Street, the new buildings will complement the existing stone-and-brick structures, which were designed by prominent architects of the 1800s. Amenities will include a fitness center, club room and outdoor pool. Some of the apartments will have Hudson River views, GDC officials stated.

The development will also include the Abbey Inn, a 42-room hotel with restaurant and spa located in the former St. Mary’s Convent building. The restaurant will feature outdoor dining with Hudson River views. The Chapel will become a special place for gatherings and events. Leasing is expected to begin in the spring of 2018.

GDC is donating 52 acres to expand the historic Fort Hill Park, which will feature a variety of existing and new hiking trails. The public park will include new features, including an observation deck to enhance the views of the Hudson River.

Pictured at the groundbreaking from left, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, GDC Principal Martin Ginsburg and Westchester County Legislator John Testa.
PHOTO BY JOHN VECCHIOLLA

“Fort Hill will become an important tourist destination in the Hudson Valley, attracting people from New York City and throughout the tri-state region,” said Martin Ginsburg, founder and principal of GDC. “Fort Hill Apartments at the Abbey Inn will offer a unique residential experience fully integrated into a destination inn and spa resort. Peekskill is being discovered as a unique historical Rivertown with an influx of restaurants and art centric venues. Fort Hill and the Abbey will add an exclamation point, ” he added.

Ginsburg noted that development of Fort Hill will include preserving existing historical architecture on the site while combining it with new architecture and hiking trails as well as a first-class restaurant. “This is a very exciting project for our company. We are creating something very special and unique to this market. We anticipate the same strong demand that we have experienced at our Harbor Square development in Ossining, which is now over 90% leased” he said.

“The City of Peekskill has been working diligently with Martin Ginsburg and GDC for quite some time to develop a first rate, high quality complex on Fort Hill. The city is thrilled that this project is coming to fruition in 2017, and we are confident that it will highlight Peekskill as the premier ‘go-to’ destination in the Hudson Valley,” said Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina.

“Congratulations Ginsburg Development Companies on the start of another great property here in Westchester,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “The Fort Hill Apartments at the Abbey Inn will not only attract more visitors, but the region’s best and brightest to call Westchester home.”

In the past 12 months, GDC has opened four major luxury rental projects in Westchester County—the 330-unit River Tides at Greystone in Yonkers; the 188-unit Harbor Square on the Ossining waterfront; the 66-unit The Lofts on Saw Mill River in Hastings-on-Hudson, and The Metro, a 124-unit rental building in downtown White Plains. GDC is completing construction of 1177@Greystone, a new 55-unit luxury rental apartment building located in the Greystone neighborhood of Yonkers. The delivery of the project has been delayed due to a fire in May that destroyed approximately 50% of the units that were under construction at the time. GDC is also the developer of the Riverside at Harbors-at-Haverstraw, a 106-unit luxury rental building in Rockland County that opened two years ago.