Dilapidated remains of Dutchess Mall to be torn down for new warehouse

Fishkill officials say the last remaining parts of the former Dutchess Mall in Fishkill are caving in and that it's currently too dangerous to enter.

News 12 Staff

Mar 28, 2023, 9:51 PM

Updated 384 days ago

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The last remaining parts of the former Dutchess Mall in Fishkill are set to be torn down to make way for a new 350,000-square-foot warehouse.
Fishkill officials say the buildings are caving in, people often set up camp inside and that illegal dumping is out of control. They said it's currently not suitable to enter because it's too dangerous.
Residents remember the mall as a popular place in the '70s and '80s.
"My mother actually used to work at Capitol Bakery," says Mike Smith, of Dutchess County.
Smith says at this point, the town should put anything there, as long as the dilapidated, dangerous mess is gone.
Town documents show Crow Holdings is planning a warehouse and will also provide landscaping, sidewalks, electric car charging stations and a bus station. Crow Holdings would then rent the facility out to two other tenants.
Fishkill Town Supervisor Ozzy Albra says the facility could provide up to 150 jobs, starting at $55,000 a year.
He says while the warehouse was not his dream project for the site, he supports it for reasons of community beautification, jobs and safety.
"The property owner, the developer have been very good to the Town of Fishkill. We've had a good relationship…Revitalization is more of a safety concern because we don't know what the heck's going on in that building," Albra says.
The developer still needs to get other permits and approvals for infrastructure work.
Town officials say the warehouse could be completed in a little over a year if there are no hiccups in getting through that and the upcoming demolition goes well.


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