New offshore wind hub jobs could be coming to Westchester, adjacent to Indian Point
Some new jobs could be coming to Westchester County close to where a power plant is expected to be shut down.
In just a couple of months, bids are due to redevelop more than 50 acres of Port Cortlandt's waterfront for New York's offshore wind hub.
It's a silver lining, as many continue to grapple with the economic depression from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Project developers released renderings that show the future site of the proposed offshore wind hub.
While wind turbines are not planned to be part of the new landscape, facilities to manufacture, fabricate, store and launch them will be.
The site is competing for up to $200 million in grant funding.
It's part of the Gov. Andrew Cuomo's commitment to develop the most aggressive offshore wind plan in the country by 2035.
Local officials are welcoming the proposed project to the community.
"I think this is something that is really good for the town and good for the community, good for jobs, good for our economy, good for our taxes," says Town of Cortlandt Councilman James Creighton.
The proposed 54 acres are adjacent to the Indian Point plant that is expected to close down next year.
Developers saying this is a cost-effective and prime geographic location.
"It's very unique to have that amount of property with access to the waterfront that someone is not using today," says Michael Lee, president of AKRF consulting firm.
As the process moves forward, developers, the town and the community are focusing on keeping the lines of communication open.
Bids are due in October, and officials are expecting the site to be fully operational by 2024.