June 8, 2023

It’s springtime, and regardless of excessive inflation-fighting rates of interest and an unsure financial outlook this yr three important growth tasks are shifting towards the beginning line within the cities of Esopus and Gardiner and within the village of New Paltz. All three made the checklist of communications about group tasks on the Ulster County Planning Board assembly on Broadway in Kingston April 12.

The planning board in Esopus is requesting lead-agency standing for the Esopus Barns Resort Lodge undertaking proposing “sixty whole lodging lodging and ancillary services and providers, together with convention services, eating places and craft areas, in addition to a pool facility, panorama options, strolling trails and different related recreation areas.” The undertaking will likely be situated on the grandiose stone barns of the previous 1911 Oliver Payne property in West Park the place Route 9W crosses the Black Creek. The barns will likely be tailored for reuse, and “restricted” new buildings will likely be added.

Some 153 of the 156 acres had been listed as on the market for 2 million {dollars} in 2020. A bigger undertaking for the positioning had been accredited in 2013.

A request for lead-agency standing for site-plan overview from the village planning board in New Paltz entails the development of a 74,656-square-foot three-story mixed-use constructing on the former Agway website at 145 North Chestnut Road on the northern finish of the village. Plans submitted by KES Chestnut Properties LLC name for 68 residential models and 7219 sq. toes of retail area plus 112 parking areas on the 3-49-acre parcel between North Chestnut Road and the rail-trail. 

Expertise with Zero Place — a constructing of comparable bulk on the identical facet of Route 32 nearer to the village on Route 32 coming from the north — could have affected group attitudes towards the brand new proposal.  “We’re undoubtedly in favor of this,” New Paltz village planning board chair John Litton mentioned encouragingly at a latest assembly. 

The City of Gardiner wish to be lead company on a seven-lot main subdivision proposed by Millbrook Meadows Estates, LLC for 4 parcels totaling 211.3 acres at 2001 Route 44-55. The latest ten months have seen 67 letters and different communications among the many members, with no sign of ending. The environmental group would love a clustered growth, leaving wetlands, agricultural land and different areas of environmental significance free from homes or roadways. The developer factors out that every lot will likely be at the very least 20 acres in dimension. 

Varied engineers and different consultants have been weighing in, including proof supporting the views of whoever is paying them.

Differing markedly from one another, these three important growth proposals wrestle to acquire governmental approval.  There’ll be others like them within the coming months. 

“The one fixed in life is change,” the thinker Heraclitus mentioned greater than 2500 years in the past. That maxim has misplaced little of its predictive accuracy within the spring of 2023.