PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Several businesses are considering expanding their Peekskill locations while new businesses plan to enter the city.
The Peekskill Common Council heard plans from several businesses Monday, including John Seekircher, owner of Seekircher Steel Window Repair .
Seekircher said his current location at 423 Central Ave. had grown to be too small for his growing business, and was looking to build out his office into the adjacent lot the city had just acquired in a tax foreclosure. He planned to add indoor work space as well as additional parking.
"When i bought the building 14 years ago it was just my brother and I and now there are 10 of us," Seekircher said. "We pretty much outgrew the space, which I guess is a double edged sword."
Seekircher, who had restored historic windows for 36 years including those of the Frank Loyd Wright Falling Water house and had just been offered a job for Northwestern University in Illinois, said he also had offers to move his business to Ossining, but hoped to stay in Peekskill.
"Peekskill Electric fixes my tools, and I'm in Dain's [Lumber] every day and the home mason's across the street, I get my steel from Highland Welding," Seekircher said."I don't want to leave, but I'm in a spot."
City Manger Brian Havranek said the city was waiting for an appraisal of the property to be done, which could be completed in the next week.
The board also heard updates on new businesses coming to Peekskill:
- Jo-Ann Fabrics would be coming to the Beach Shopping Center in the space formerly occupied by Jembro, which was now on the other side of the shopping enter. A final approval could be given at the June Planning Commission meeting.
- Also coming soon to the center is Rita's Italian ices, a popular national chain known for natural ices and ice cream. The store will open some time in July.
- A Subway restaurant has been approved by the planning board for 1027 Park St., but no opening date has been given.
- An unnamed eatery has been approved to open at 64 Hudson Ave., but has pushed back their open date to September of 2014.
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