June 8, 2023

The Village of New Paltz Planning Board is asking an applicant for a website plan and particular use allow for a possible hashish dispensary to clear a path towards approval by including extra element to their visitors plans. 

The potential hashish dispensary is on a property situated at 98 North Chestnut Road, previously a Stewart’s Store on an almost one-acre parcel of land. The prevailing 2,365 square-foot constructing was bought for $550,000 in September 2022, down from its preliminary asking value of $650,000. The applying was submitted by New Paltz Bus Depot, LLC, with Radi Serdah its sole member cited within the Planning Board’s recordsdata. In contrast to different related purposes within the Village, this question is coming from a property proprietor on behalf of a potential tenant. 

In line with the applicant, the dispensary enterprise would make use of the prevailing constructing with minor modifications. The majority of the tentative inside plan is dedicated to a gross sales flooring, with a 36-square-foot rest room and a 25-square-foot space for storing. The plan additionally consists of 24 parking areas, a landscaping plan generated by Stewart’s in 2009. 

The applying assessment happened throughout a gathering of the Village of New Paltz Planning Board on Tuesday, April 4 and is the fourth to return earlier than the Planning Board in latest months. 

The New York State Hashish Board has already begun contemplating a variety of licenses for cultivators, processors and distributors of authorized marijuana, and whereas hashish use is now authorized throughout New York State, native municipalities had till December 31, 2021 to find out whether or not they would enable retail and/or consumption companies to function inside their boundaries. Disallowing them would additionally outcome within the potential lack of important gross sales tax revenues. 

In line with the Rockefeller Institute of Authorities, of the 24 municipalities in Ulster County, solely 5 — the cities of Esopus, Plattekill, Saugerties, Shawangunk and Wawarsing — opted out of permitting dispensaries. All 5 additionally opted out of permitting hashish consumption companies to function, together with the cities of Gardiner, Kingston and Ulster. 

On Monday, April 3, the Hashish Board advisable issuance of 99 conditional adult-use dispensary licenses throughout the state, together with 5 within the Mid-Hudson area. As of press time, there was no affirmation of the place the 5 Mid-Hudson area candidates are situated, however there may be presently the potential for 4 to open inside the Village of New Paltz, together with three alongside a stretch of North Chestnut vying to turn out to be an unofficial Hashish Row. 

Beforehand earlier than the Village Planning Board, Farmer’s Alternative, LLC proposed “The Barn” for 1 Previous Route 299, which would come with 3,000-square toes of first flooring retail area and a pair of,000-square toes of first flooring storage. Above the storage can be 2,000-square toes of workplace area. The plans additionally embody a car parking zone with 35 areas, with at the least two electrical automobile charging stations. A six-foot excessive wooden fence can also be deliberate for the rear of the property. 

Additionally underneath assessment is a possible dispensary at Zero Place, a mixed-use constructing at 87 N. Chestnut Road. Internet-Zero Growth, LLC is looking for approval for about 4,000 square-feet of retail area, plus a further 800 square-feet of workplace and space for storing. The property is listed within the Neighborhood Enterprise Residential zone, and along with floor flooring retail area, additionally has 25 two-bedroom and 21 one-bedroom models throughout three tales. 

Lastly, Katherine Stevens, proprietor of Lila Luckie’s, LLC is looking for approval for a dispensary at 88 North Chestnut, with doable parking prolonged to 92 North Chestnut. 

In February, Radi and Mohammed Serdah have been requested by the Planning Board to supply their very own visitors data. Final week, they have been requested to supply extra element. 

“What now we have requested previously from different candidates for hashish has gone from a really detailed one which we requested from the guy at Zero Place, and he gave lots of data, tremendously detailed data,” stated Planning Board chair John Litton. “The opposite applicant is making ready and has a visitors engineer who’s going to present us a report on what they really feel is their visitors administration plan…I feel what we’re requesting…is how do you handle the influx and the outflow of the visitors that’s probably going to happen? And we’re not asking you to supply each potentiality from no person to hundreds of individuals. However we’d like one thing that’s somewhat extra detailed than what you’ve despatched.”

Mohammed Serdah stated he believed a hashish enterprise would see much less visitors than the Stewart’s that was beforehand on the property. 

“We have been instructed that an estimate of 25 prospects per hour (on a property) that beforehand used to do nearly 40, 38 prospects per hour,” Serdah stated, including that in comparison with different native companies their car parking zone was additionally geared up to deal with that quantity. “On this car parking zone there’s gonna be 24 spots.” 

Serdah added that repeat enterprise would additionally reduce any potential visitors as a result of whereas the variety of guests would doubtless not change an excessive amount of, the period of time spent in a dispensary would. 

“The typical transaction time is 5 to 10 minutes after the primary preliminary time,” Serdah stated. “The primary preliminary time is 25 minutes. So if, if we’re anticipating 25 prospects an hour and so they’re staying ten minutes and now we have 25 spots, there’s appears to be loads of parking.” 

Serdah stated that they’ve had conversations with New Paltz Police Chief Robert Lucchesi to provide you with a visitors mitigation plan when the enterprise has simply opened and new prospects are coming in. 

“We’re developing with a plan and we’ll submit that,” Serdah stated, who added that there’ll doubtless be different retail dispensaries open within the area by the point the one on their property would open, which might take away the novelty vacationers from the equation. “We’re conscious that there may probably be a surge, however we’re not anticipating an amazing surge.”

Finally, the Planning Board stated they would favor one thing extra formal and detailed than what had already been submitted by New Paltz Bus Depot, LLC.

“With one thing as essential as visitors and parking, I suppose I’d prefer to have knowledgeable put their title on a report after which put their seal on it so now we have one thing to depend on,” stated Planning Board member Terry Nolan. “I imply, we ask that of civil engineers, we ask it of panorama engineers. That’s why now we have these professionals that come to us, so now we have anyone with the background on this that’s presenting issues to us that we will depend on.”

The candidates stated they hoped to have the ability to submit additional documentation previous to the following Planning Board assembly, scheduled for Tuesday, April 18.