For some people, 87 Motel in New Paltz is a landmark. To others, it’s an eyesore. Jay Thiese, with Hidden Ridge Development LLC, has submitted plans with the Town of New Paltz to demolish the structure. Plans call for both of the motel’s two buildings and the swimming pool to be demolished. The parking lot pavement would remain.
Town Planning Board members were scheduled to meet with the developer on Monday to discuss the demolition plans for the first time.
No plans detailing a new building project at 403 Main Street are on file at Town Hall. It’s unclear if the developer plans to sell the property or develop it after 87 Motel comes down.
Back in 2012, Thiese came before the Planning Board with plans for a rental complex called Hidden Ridge Apartments. He also talked about demolishing the old building at that time.
87 Motel isn’t in the best shape. Customer reviews on travel sites routinely give the establishment a low ranking.
Thiese bought the 11.7 acres and the motel after it had fallen into disrepair. He told town officials three years ago that the motel “wouldn’t look the way it’s looking now” if he’d been the owner.
To demolish the building, the developer will also need to obtain a demolition permit from the Town of New Paltz Building Department — along with site plan approval.