On a rainy morning in August 2018, a crowd congregated on a sprawling stretch of grassland in the middle of Dutchess Turnpike. The occasion? A groundbreaking. It wasn’t just any groundbreaking, however. As shovels ceremoniously plowed into the earth, they marked the start of construction on Eastdale Village, the first pre-planned living community to exist in Dutchess County.
“We’ve been working on this project for over a decade,” reveals Joseph T. Kirchhoff, the founder of Kirchhoff Companies, the firm that will develop the new village in partnership with Christopher C. Dyson and David Silver. In fact, Kirchhoff purchased the property back in 2006 in conjunction with the establishment of the town of Poughkeepsie’s master plan. After persevering for more than a decade, the initiative will become a reality over the span of five phases in six years.
Located on U.S. Route 44 between Arlington and Pleasant Valley, the 60-plus acre development will be a destination for people to live, work, shop, and play in one neighborhood. Of that land, 25 acres will be open space designated for parks, recreation, and Wappinger Creek access. The remaining 35 acres will be divided for commercial, retail, service, medical, financial, and office use.
Once complete, Eastdale Village will provide multiple residential living options, from traditional center-corridor apartments, single level, and two-story townhome spaces to live/work buildings designed with business owners in mind. In total, the community will boast approximately 390 residential units, with studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom options available.
A rendering of the commercial spaces at Eastdale Village
On top of that, the center will be a hub for the community at large, which can visit the onsite eateries, offices, and shopping destinations within the space. Just announced in April, Premier Medical Group Urology Division, to be housed in a 27,000-square-foot medical building, will also add to the center’s attractions.
“It’s taken a village to create this village,” notes Christopher Dyson, a partner on the project. Both during and after its development, the space will employ a “village” as well. Development will generate approximately 300 construction jobs, while the dining, retail, and service spaces will produce an estimated 85 to 300 permanent full-time jobs.
More than $90 million will go toward the new center, which is the largest construction project in Poughkeepsie since the Poughkeepsie Galleria in 1986. The investment will be well worth it, since the assessed land value will see an estimated jump from $2.8 to $40.2 million upon completion.
“This is a great example of how the public and private sector can work together to do great things,” declares Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney. New York State Senator Sue Serino echoes that sentiment, stating that the new community will be a “space for all ages.”
“We love Dutchess County,” enthuses Kirchhoff, who, like co-developers Dyson and Silver, calls the region his hometown. “We want to keep it as viable as we possibly can.”