Green pioneer

For about a decade, Rick Alfandre has had the dream of creating a green, sustainable office on Main Street in New Paltz for his business, Alfandre Architecture. And now he’s going to realize his dream. “It’s a happy thing, this building,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming.”

It certainly has been. For about a decade, the firm has been seeking to build “a small office on a small property in a somewhat dense setting” to showcase what it feels it does best. When Alfandre Architecture finally appeared seeking approval to build from the New Paltz Town Planning Board for this project in 2007, the national recession was beginning to choke off development.

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