Poughkeepsie. . . Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus received a progress report today on construction of the community boathouse-rowing center. Andy Mauer, President of the Hudson River Rowing Association (HRRA) invited Mr. Steinhaus to the construction site for a first hand look at the progress.
“Beginning in 1999 and 2000 when I first worked with the Hudson River Rowing Association to develop a strategy to complete this project, I felt we all had what it took to realize this dream. Now I see the tangible results of everyone’s hard work and determination,” Steinhaus said. The County Executive worked with HRRA leadership to strengthen the HRRA Board and also was instrumental in securing much of the $3,000,000 funding necessary to complete the project.
“We are expecting to complete the building in time for an April dedication and for use during the Spring high school rowing season,” said Mauer. “The Association is pleased with the rate of progress and the quality of workmanship,” he added.
In his 2005 State of the County Address, County Executive Steinhaus said, “The project has it all—connecting to a rich historic past of Hudson River rowing, to its neighborhoods, and among local high school rowing clubs.” Fifty or more adult rowers will also use the new facility, in addition to all the local area high schools with rowing programs.
The framing and exterior of the boathouse is largely completed. Current construction activity is focusing on inside work. The boathouse consists of two substantial structures. One is an unheated, 5-bay storage facility that will house about 70 rowing shells. The other is an exercise and training facility. It includes a rowing tank room, meeting room, locker rooms, and fitness area.
Upon seeing the construction progress, the Executive responded, “This is spectacular, and an awesome and impressive addition to our Dutchess County waterfront!”
There was a generous outpouring of community support for the boathouse, including contributions from the McCann Foundation, the Dyson Foundation, New York State, the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency, the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust, the Schloback Charitable Trust and Millbrook Tribute Gardens. There is an ongoing capital campaign as well.
Mike McCormack of Liscum, McCormack, VanVoorhis is the architect for the boathouse. Bill Rohde of Rohde, Soyka and Andrews is the project engineer, and Transitional Builders, Inc. is the construction contractor. All firms are located in Dutchess County in the city of Poughkeepsie.
“We can see tangible progress being made up and down the Poughkeepsie waterfront,” said Mr. Steinhaus, “from the Marist College waterfront park project to the new county-run Quiet Cove Riverfront Park nearby. It presents an optimistic picture for the future of riverfront development and public access across the County’s Hudson River ‘front porch’.”
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