Sing Sing Prison Museum Impacts Analysis

Location

Ossining, New York

Client

Historic Hudson River Towns

Project Lead

Urbanomics

Services

Economic Impacts
Fiscal Impacts

Untapped Cities LLC

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Urbanomics, with the assistance of BFJ Planning, prepared several pieces of analysis for the Sing Sing Prison Museum, a proposed facility to be housed in historic structures on the prison site in Ossining, NY that will provide a forum for the examination of historic and contemporary issues in the criminal justice system including their social, political and cultural impact.

Urbanomics modeled the potential economic impacts of construction and operations of the facility, the impacts of a potential visitor's center in the central business district as well as increased ferry service across the Hudson River. BFJ took the lead on multi-modal traffic and transportation impacts of visitation on the community of Ossining. Together with the steering committee, which includes representatives of Historic Hudson River Towns, local government, law enforcement, the corrections department and other regional cultural institutions, the project team explored opportunities for partnerships and complementary services among regional tourist attractions.

The Museum aims to take center stage in the urgent national conversation about social justice and incarceration and is expected to open in 2025 in the power house building that once served as the prison's power plant. A preview center holding exhibitions, programs and a museum office is expected in open in 2020.