Peekskill officials to use $10M grant to revitalize downtown, improve pedestrian safetyPosted: Updated:
Improving pedestrian safety is moving up the list of priorities in the growing city of Peekskill.
Officials are working out a plan to use a $10 million state grant to revitalize the downtown area. One of those plans includes addressing speeding drivers, more pedestrian signs and safer walkways.
Mayor Andre Rainey says pedestrian safety is a growing concern in the city as its population continues to rise.
Plans are currently in the works and expected to be finalized in March when the city hands them over to the state for approval.
A resident-led group known as Peekskill Walks is also aiming to make the city more accessible to everyone.
Members say pedestrian accidents are a real problem there, particularly after a fatal collision this past weekend that took the life of a 78-year-old Peekskill man on Washington Street.
"There are people who are hit by cars at a fairly regular basis in Peekskill," says Conor Greene, co-founder of Peekskill Walks.
The group is advocating for safer streets to be a cornerstone of the revitalization project.
"We can address this problem if we do make it a priority, and it does start with City Hall, and it goes to every resident and everyone has a responsibility," says Greene.