Development
Cell tower proposed for Mt. Marion

Cell tower proposed for Mt. Marion

Cellco Partnership, doing business as Verizon Wireless, is planning to erect a cell tower on Schoolhouse Rd. The tower would serve Verizon, but could lease space to other users. The Town Saugerties Planning Board had an initial look at the project at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 17. Attorney Jessica Vigars said the company...
80-unit apartment complex proposed for Glasco

80-unit apartment complex proposed for Glasco

In its first incarnation, the multiple-family housing development proposed for Rt. 32 in Glasco consisted of townhouse units to be occupied by the owners. Developers then proposed rent-subsidized apartments, and the project was called Dickinson’s Keep. Large protests from those opposed to affordable housing, along with a lack of state funding, doomed that project. On...
Katsbaan neighbors protest contractor's blasting

Katsbaan neighbors protest contractor’s blasting

An electrical contractor’s expansion plan drew eight neighbors to a Feb. 17 Planning Board public hearing. The neighbors complained that blasting at the site had shaken their homes. Some said they feared further blasting could damage their property and an aquifer they depend on for water. Electrical contractor Randy Richers plans to level a section...
Hotel and more proposed near Winston Farm

Hotel and more proposed near Winston Farm

An 86-unit hotel, as well as two other commercial buildings, are being proposed for a site near the historic Wynkoop House and behind a Sunoco gas station on Rt. 32. The developers will buy some 10 acres from Winston Farm’s owners for the project, said engineer Richard Praetorius. The project appears to be a scaled...
Indoor shooting range in limbo

Indoor shooting range in limbo

This time last year, many in Saugerties were looking forward to the opening of an indoor shooting range at the old candle factory on Kings Highway. But the plans appear to be in limbo, according to town officials. Calls and emails to building owner Art Green for this article were not returned. Town planners in...
High woods subdivision green lighted

High woods subdivision green lighted

An eight-lot subdivision planned for Lotus Lane off Fish Creek Rd. that would include a good deal of common land in addition to the lots, which vary from 1.3 to 3.2 acres in area, has received conditional approval from the Town of Saugerties Planning Board after more than five years in the works. The board...
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...

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