Development
Auto dismantling business proposed for Malden Tpke.

Auto dismantling business proposed for Malden Tpke.

What is the difference between a junkyard and a vehicle dismantling operation? That was one question posed by Saugerties planners considering a proposal for the latter on Malden Turnpike. The answer, according to Nigel Redman, a partner in enterprise, is public access. “This is basically an e-commerce business, where we salvage and sell parts,” Redman...
Hotel and retail complex near Winston Farm proposed

Hotel and retail complex near Winston Farm proposed

A developer has proposed building a restaurant, hotel and shops adjacent to Winston Farm. Preliminary plans, presented to the Town of Saugerties Planning Board last week, include an 86-unit hotel, a 500-square-foot restaurant and two 2,800-square-foot free-standing shops. Engineer Richard Praetorius described the proposal at the Planning Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, June 17. The...
Police to use old candle factory for training

Police to use old candle factory for training

The rehabilitation of the American Candle Factory on Kings Highway continues to take shape, with a shooting range, police training center and film prop warehouse planned. Earlier this year, Willis Williamson received Planning Board approval to convert a portion of one of the buildings into a 35,000-square-foot shooting range. On a recent tour of the...
Affordable housing gets key approval

Affordable housing gets key approval

Village planners voted 3-1 to issue a “negative declaration” on the 42-unit Country Meadows affordable housing project proposed for North St. The declaration, issued at the June 11 meeting, means a majority of Planning Board members do not believe the proposed development will have a “significant effect on the environment,” as part of the state’s...
More renters: Good or bad for Saugerties?

More renters: Good or bad for Saugerties?

Not only is there a need for more affordable rental units in the village of Saugerties, but the addition of such units “can create jobs, increase tax revenues, and generally foster economic growth,” according to Guy Kempe, vice president of community development for RUPCO. Kempe was speaking at the Village Planning Board’s May 14 meeting...
The future of housing in Saugerties

The future of housing in Saugerties

What innovations in housing should Saugertiesians be thinking about as economic and environmental pressures increase as a result of climate change, rising oil prices and the resulting increase of economic instability? This was the question discussed at the Revisioning Local Housing panel organized by Sustainable Saugerties Transition Town at the Saugerties Library community room on...
Opinion: Don’t fear affordable housing

Opinion: Don’t fear affordable housing

Fear appears to be the main driver in getting voter attention these days. Fear of affordable housing. Fear of a neighborhood changing. Fear of change. Instead of facing the fear and dealing with it, a few people want to become victims and blame the world for changing. Let’s look at affordable housing. “Affordable” does not...
Affordable housing on North St. unopposed

Affordable housing on North St. unopposed

No one turned out for the April 9 village Planning Board public hearing for the 42-unit Country Meadows senior and affordable housing project proposed for North St. Planning Board chair George Lewandowski said the board would continue to take written comments from the public until its next meeting May 14, when the board will vote...
Village affordable housing project resurfaces

Village affordable housing project resurfaces

After more than a year without a buyer, the owners of a so-called “shovel ready” site on Kings Highway next to the Army Reserve Center would like to sell building and landscape materials on the site until a buyer is found. The site is the first in an Ulster County program called “Ready2Go,” which is...
Indoor shooting range proposed for old candle factory

Indoor shooting range proposed for old candle factory

An indoor shooting range could soon be coming to the old American Candle factory building that has in recent years become an eyesore for travelers on the Thruway or Kings Highway. The indoor shooting range would occupy the rear portion of a 35,000 square building, said Matt Mason, who brought the proposal in front of...
Comfort Inn renovations move forward

Comfort Inn renovations move forward

Renovations and expansion to the Comfort Inn on Rt. 32 near the southbound Thruway interchange will move forward after the Town of Saugerties Planning Board unanimously approved the plan. The board granted the proposal a conditional approval after it received assurance from Sean McCloskey, a representative for Hershberg and Hershberg, an Albany-based civil engineering firm,...
E-ZPASS test track gets green light

E-ZPASS test track gets green light

The Planning Board approved Kapsch’s proposal for an E-ZPass testing site in the parking lots on land leased from Arthur Greene, across King’s Highway from the former American Candle Manufacturing building. Kapsch will locate its test area in the back portion of the lot near the CSX railroad tracks. Cars will be driven under a...