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Kiliaen's Landing Master Plan and Generic Environmental Impact Statement

Project Overview

The Kiliaen's Landing Study Area is an approximately 75 acre site on the Hudson River waterfront with stunning views both up and down the River and to the Albany skyline. The City has long recognized the potential of these parcels located along the Hudson River to stimulate revitalization of this neighborhood and the City as a whole. The 18 acres located between the Livingston Avenue Bridge and the City Boat Launch has been the subject of a number of planning documents and development proposals dating as far back as 1981. Development proposals have included the Chateau Rensselaer Plan (1995), Patriot's Landing (1999), Kiliaen's Landing at Capital Harbor (2002) and Kiliaen's Landing (2006). This site has also been included in other planning documents such as the 2004 Rensselaer County Trail Report and the Forbes Avenue Transportation Study. The Project Site is also included in the City's 2011 Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) Plan.

Recent economic trends in the region will bring synergy to this project including the regional growth in the nano-technology sector and the renewed interest in living and working in urban centers. Locally, DeLaet's Landing, a 24-acre waterfront site south of the Rensselaer Rail Yard is moving forward.

This project is made possible by funding from New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) through Governor Cuomo's Cleaner, Greener Communities program awarded to the City in late 2014. The Cleaner, Greener Communities Program is a major statewide initiative that encourages communities to incorporate sustainability goals and principles into local decision-making and then form partnerships to transform markets to reduce emissions and generate economic development.

View of Hilton Center from boat dock

The overarching goals and objectives of this process are as follows:

  • To promote sustainable development
  • To maintain/improve public access to Hudson River
  • Provide for safe vehicular access
  • Emphasize pedestrian & non-motorized uses to and within the site
  • Creation of a shovel ready site attracting investment and desired uses

These goals and objectives will evolve and be refined by the following processes:

  • Inventory & Analysis
  • Market Study
  • Public Engagement

The public is invited to visit this site regularly to view project updates including draft documents, public meeting notices, maps, and other project related information.

These components will combine to identify and evaluate development alternatives in the ensuing site Master Plan and GEIS. The GEIS will include all the components necessary to ensure compliance under State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) procedures. This Project will not only result in sustainable economic development, but is expected to create jobs and add additional investment into the area.