Plaza progress at Kingston Commons site

It’s taken a few years to get started, but work is finally underway at the future site of Kingston Commons plaza near the Thruway roundabout on Washington Avenue. When the project will be completed and who will be among its tenants is unclear, as its developer did not return press queries.

Conditional site plan approval for the proposed Kingston Commons plaza was given by the Ulster Town Board in April 2016. As initially proposed by the SAI Capital Group, Kingston Commons would feature a 6,490-square-foot multi-tenant retail space; a 3,190-square-foot bank with two drive-through lanes; a 4,430-square-foot fast-food restaurant with a pair of drive-through lanes; and a 2,200-square-foot coffee and donut shop with a single drive-through lane.The proposal also calls for 119 total parking spaces, along with a separate trash enclosure for each building.

The developer earlier this year sought approval to expand the size of the large multi-tenant retail space by 935 feet, which, along with developers trimming a sycamore tree on the site without permission, triggered another review by the Ulster County Planning Board. An easement through the property to give access to a planned county park was also negotiated, and as of press time, the wrinkles appear to have been smoothed out.

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“Site work has commenced by the developer,” said Ulster Town Supervisor James E. Quigley III this week. “They’re in the process of putting in the subsurface materials to the access road, the access road for the county park, and part of the parking lot on the northern side of the site. We’ve gone back and forth with their contractor to make sure everything is in accordance with the approved site plan. And they’re just moving ahead.”

While some of the buildings in the plaza call for specific types of tenants, it’s unclear yet whether developers have secured anyone specific. Gene Rios of Gene Rios Realty said he was unable to comment at present, and neither Amit Patel nor Curtis Patel of SAI Capital Group responded to queries about the project.

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