OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Village of Ossining is hoping the second groundbreaking of Harbor Square is the charm.
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held for Harbor Square, a $65 million mixed-use development along Ossining's waterfront on Wednesday. A previous groundbreaking for the project, delayed by the recession, was held in 2006.
The project will feature a 188-unit rental building, 5,000 square foot restaurant and a waterfront park. Nineteen units will be set aside for affordable housing. The development will also feature a rooftop pool, fitness center and spa.
"We are very excited to see this project come to fruition," Mayor Bill Hanauer said. "Harbor Square will be a major draw throughout the region."
Hanauer said it was a thrilling day for the village and said the project would be a big boost to residents, particularly the new water main being built that will improve water taste and water pressure.
"People in the Village of Ossining are very excited about this," Hanauer said. "Harbor Square will put Ossining on the map."
Harbor Square is being developed by Ginsberg Development Corporation, a Valhalla-based company run by Martin Ginsburg.
"I am thrilled to be back on the Hudson River," Ginsburg said. "We have another opportunity here to turn a former industrial brownfield site into an important riverfront attraction and economic driver for the Village of Ossining."
Ginsburg said the delays on the project allowed him to redesign the project for the better.
"The rivertowns rely on the appropriate redevelopment of these industrial sites," Ginsburg said. "I want to preserve the beauty of the Hudson River. I have a real passion for it."
Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett said this was a big day for the Village of Ossining and Westchester County.
"There is a boom in the Village of Ossining," Plunkett said. "This is all good news. The dream has become a reality."
Construction is expected to take about 22 months and GDC is expecting residential occupancy to begin in March 2016.
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