Scenic Hudson acquires six acres on Athens waterfront
The Daily Freeman is reporting Scenic Hudson has announced its acquisition of six acres of waterfront land in the village of Athens. The property could provide the potential for new river-based recreation, the agency said in a press release. In addition to 1,000 feet of river frontage, the site includes an 8,000-square-foot warehouse that could be repurposed, according to Scenic Hudson. Seth McKee, executive director of The Scenic Hudson Land Trust Inc. and Land Programs, said in a statement, “Scenic Hudson looks forward to collaborating with the village of Athens, New York state, and local partners as we explore ways to restore the land’s natural beauty and maximize the recreational and economic benefits it can provide.” The land was an industrial site for decades, including operations to distribute fuel oils and road salt. Most recently, it was proposed as the location for a construction and demolition debris transfer facility. Athens Mayor Amy Serrago said in a statement, “The potential of turning this industrial site into a place for residents and visitors to connect with the Hudson River and the maritime history of our village is truly exciting, and I’m grateful to Scenic Hudson for making this feasible by acquiring the land.” The land is located adjacent to the Athens State Boat Launch on Murderers Creek, a tributary of the Hudson River. The launch has been targeted for improvement as part of the state’s Hudson Eagles Recreation Area. The site also plays a role in sustaining wildlife and offering climate solutions, the release said. The price paid for the land was not immediately available. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.