Saugerties approves 53-unit village apartment complex

(Photo by Will Dendis)

After numerous iterations, the Country Meadows apartment complex planned for North Street received full approval from the Saugerties village planning board on April 12. Nearly six years ago, Country Meadows was proposed as a low-income housing project, but the landowner, Premier Development, never received state funding for the plan.

After several tries to get state funding for the project, Premier officials gave up, and proposed a 53-unit apartment complex that would rent for market value.

Last month, a dispute between an adjacent propertyowner and Premier over the course of a right-of-way through the proposed project stalled approval. At the April 12 meeting, Premier’s attorney submitted a letter citing case law that planning boards do not have jurisdiction over rights-of- way. It’s up to lawyers for the contending propertyowners to settle the matter.

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The planning board’s attorney concurred. The board voted to grant site-plan and special-use permit approval.

Work on the project is expected to begin later this summer or early fall.

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