Letter to the Editor: HOUSING NEAR MVGO BRIDGE SHOULD COMPLEMENT ITS SURROUNDINGS

HOUSING NEAR MVGO BRIDGE SHOULD COMPLEMENT ITS SURROUNDINGS

Posted by Recorder News | Aug 1, 2018

To the editor, 

Recently I attended an event at the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam.  I was struck by the beauty of the river, and the spectacular job that has been done in creating a unique, educational and visually breathtaking way for people to take it in. It’s a triumph for public access to one of the most scenic vistas in our state.

 That’s why I’m disappointed by the proposal to build a housing development adjacent to the walkway on the former Chalmers Knitting Mill site that will block visual and physical access to the waterfront. A cookie-cutter development that doesn’t give  residents a way to enjoy the panoramic view is not the highest and best use of the land.

 The opportunity exists to take this unique site and make it an asset to the entire community. Congressman Paul Tonko has called the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook a “golden opportunity” for generations to come. With a thoughtful, community-oriented design, a building next to the bridge could transform the waterfront into an asset to drive business and tourism for Amsterdam, attracting cultural, dining and entertainment venues.

 I support Congressman Tonko’s call for development of an architecturally significant building, commensurate with the beauty of the setting and the Walkway project.  This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Amsterdam to build on its cultural, historical and scenic resources to shape the city’s future.

Pat Strong

Candidate for District 46, New York State Senate