A new development proposed for Glasco would include a restaurant, cabins, farm fields and Hudson River access. The Agawam Hospitality Group, whose four members include a successful restaurateur and three real estate developers, plans to build the project, called the Wyldwyck River Camp, on an 82-acre property abutting the Hudson River off Liberty St. behind the Glasco Firehouse. Guests would stay in the cabins and use other amenities while the restaurant would be open to the public.
The complex is still in the early development stages, though the plans are detailed, according to developer Rafe Worthington. Guests might want to explore the hiking trails that would be established on the grounds, or use their cabin as a base to explore Saugerties and environs, he said. The restaurant would be open to non-guests.
The name of the development is Wyldwyck River Camp, based on an early name for Kingston, though spelled differently. Worthington is currently a partner in Station, a farm-to-table restaurant in East Quogue, Long Island. The Glasco establishment would similarly grow food to be served in the restaurant, he said.
The plan also includes an artists’ residence and possibly horses on the property for at least part of the year, Worthington said.
While the presentation was essentially a “first view,” Planning Board members had questions for Worthington and Utter.
Board member Len Bourne said from his experience in farming, the property should include storage buildings for harvested crops. Utter said the plans show outbuildings that would be used for storage.
More serious was the question raised by board member Mike Tiano: How would fire engines make it up the narrow, winding section of Liberty St. to the proposed restaurant and cabins? “You have a 23-foot wide gravel road over clay; there could be a problem with slipping on that surface.”
The plan does show a short connector between Rt. 32 and Liberty St., which Utter said would be used for deliveries.
“With clay roads, we excavate and fill the road with gravel,” Utter said.
Tiano said he knows the area well, having grown up there, and he was sure that the developer was incorrect when he said the property would receive village water. However, Utter said the site is just within the water district, and is also served by the village sewer system. Tiano said he was surprised at that.
The board voted to set a public hearing on the proposal at its next meeting on April 18. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Greco Senior Center on Market St.