Our Work in Kingston

Hudson Landing -- helping to shape responsible waterfront development

Simulation of original 2,500+-unit proposal from developer AVR In 2002 the developer AVR put forward plans for Hudson Landing, a development on the Kingston waterfront located on a 524-acre site of a former brickworks and cement factory. The proposal, calling for over 2,500 housing units, 251,000 square feet of commercial space and a 200-slip marina, would have increased Kingston's population by 6,000 people, far more than the city's traffic, sewer, school and other tax-paid infrastructure could handle. In additiion AVR's original plans -- featuring a wall of identical, suburban-style buildings accessed by cul-de-sacs and parking lots -- provided little public access to the river, destroyed ecologically sensitive areas and marred breathtaking views from the Hudson River as well as popular historic sites and parks within the Hudson River National Historic Landmark District in Dutchess County. Scenic Hudson joined with concerned citizens and other organizations to form the Friends of Kingston Waterfront coalition (FoKW). Together we worked with elected officials to put forward a better alternative that would balance Kingston's need for economic growth with its desire to preserve the unique character of the city's waterfront. The final plans for Hudson Landing approved by the city directly reflect the recommendations made by Scenic Hudson and FoKW, as well as advocacy and support from committed Scenic Hudson members. Project improvements include:

  • The number of building units reduced to 1,682
  • Commercial development reduced to 78,500 square feet
  • The marina eliminated
  • Building heights lowered to minimize visual impacts
  • A substantial redesign featuring two separate, traditiionally designed neighborhoods built on a grid of streets, with space between these "villages" for wildlife habitat and a new park
  • Buildings eliminated from a prominent ridgeline
  • 250 acres dedicated to open space, including land for recreation, additional wildlife habitat and vegetative buffers screening more of the development from view
  • The entire shoreline made accessible to the public via a mile-long waterfront promenade