Building on the momentum of the launch its GDC Rentals brand, Ginsburg Development Companies (GDC) has announced plans to transform the former St. Mary’s Convent property overlooking the Hudson River in Peekskill into a resort-style tourist destination that would feature a spa, inn and restaurant as well as 178 luxury rentals apartments and 20 townhomes.
Called Fort Hill, the $50 million project would convert the existing convent into a spa, restaurant and inn. The apartments would be located in three buildings arranged in a quad around a wooded knoll.
The new buildings, up to five stories high, would complement the existing stone-and-brick structures, which were designed by prominent architects of the 1800s.
The 20 townhomes would be built along Main Street between Spring and Hadden streets. Garages for the homes would face an interior court, so that the buildings present attractive facades to the streets. The restaurant would feature outdoor dining with river views.
Fort Hill Park will be enhanced by the donation of over 50 acres and will feature a variety of hiking trails. They will be enhanced and extended with new features that could include a lookout tower with views of the Hudson River.
“People have been talking about tourism for years, but nobody is creating destinations. Nobody is creating the places that people will want to stay while they enjoy the beauty and history of Historic Peekskill with its many attractions,” said Martin Ginsberg, principal of GDC.
“This will be the type of destination we need in the Hudson Valley. People will come from New York City and even farther away. And while they’re staying here, they’ll visit other areas nearby.
“We plan to preserve the existing historical architecture on the site and to combine it with new architecture and trails to create a very special inn and a unique destination for the Hudson River Valley.”
GDC’s plan was presented to the Peekskill Common Council on June 15.
The Fort Hill project is GDC’s latest residential project in the Hudson Valley.
Earlier this month, GDC opened Riverside at Harbors-at-Haverstraw, a 106-unit luxury rental, and in May, Ginsburg broke ground on The Lofts on Saw Mill River, a $34.9 million development of 66 loft-style rental apartments in the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson.