Development
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...
EZPass test track proposed for Kings Highway

EZPass test track proposed for Kings Highway

After many years of sitting as a vacant eyesore, the former Ferroxcube site on Kings Highway across the street from the abandoned American Candle Manufacturing plant could see another tenant join the soon-to-be-constructed Spinnenweber Supply Company pipe yard. Kapsch, an Austrian software vendor that specializes in software, readers, and tags used by highway tolling agencies,...
New life for long-vacant lot on Kings Highway

New life for long-vacant lot on Kings Highway

Weeds sprout through the cracks in the pavement of the long-vacant parking lot and graffiti coats a derelict warehouse on Kings Highway. The site sits across the street from an even larger eyesore, the abandoned buildings that once housed Philips Electronics and, later, the much-maligned American Candle plant. Now activity will return to the site...
Dragon Inn future uncertain

Dragon Inn future uncertain

Dragon Inn owner Ching Ya Wu was expected to move forward with his request for a demolition permit at the June 24 Historic Review Board meeting, but his representative, Don Snyder, didn’t attend and later told the Saugerties Times he’s not sure what Wu wants to do next. In the meantime, Wu is allowing a...
Casinos in Saugerties: Don’t even mention it

Casinos in Saugerties: Don’t even mention it

If there was one thing nearly all the speakers at a public hearing on the Saugerties Comprehensive Plan held by the town and village boards agreed on, it was that they don’t like the reference to casinos in the plan. The plan lays down a gauntlet of requirements for any casino proposal the town might...
Saugerties Master Plan public hearing June 5

Saugerties Master Plan public hearing June 5

There will be a public hearing on the latest version of the town and village Master Plan at 6:30 p.m., June 5 at the senior center, corner of Market and Robinson streets. A comprehensive plan, or master plan, is a series of goals and statements meant to form the basis for future laws. The Saugerties plan...
Neighbors fear rock ’n roll school’s noise pollution

Neighbors fear rock ’n roll school’s noise pollution

Plans for a new music school in the former Woodstock Jewish Congregation building on Rt. 212 will move forward after the Planning Board approved a special use permit on May 21. Approval came after the owners agreed to concessions to address neighbors’ concerns about noise. The proposal, named Paul Green Rock Academy, calls for five...
Saugerties residents suspicious of master plan

Saugerties residents suspicious of master plan

Casinos, housing, the role of government, and whether a plan created by an unelected committee should shape town policy were among the concerns raised at a public hearing on the town and village Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is particularly significant because the town’s laws, especially the zoning laws, are required to be in compliance...
Dragon Inn faces foreclosure

Dragon Inn faces foreclosure

Owner Ching Ya Wu wants to tear it down. Historic preservationists want it saved. But the fate of the Dragon Inn may end up being decided by someone else altogether. According to local officials, Wu owes nearly $70,000 in back taxes to the village, town, school and county. Suzi Filak, Town of Saugerties tax collector...