New Paltz Apartments scope to be finalized August 17

After reviewing the draft scope of what needs to be studied about the New Paltz Apartments project on Route 32 just south of the college campus, along with comments provided during the hearing, Planning Board members have circulated their own ideas about changes internally and with the applicant’s consultants. According to Planning Board attorney Rick Golden, if the scoping document is approved at the August 17 meeting, then the ball is in developer Michael Moriello’s court.

This is a proposal to build enough cottages on about 60 acres north of Jansen Road and adjacent to the Harvest Hills housing project to sleep 650 students and give each one a private bathroom. The property is just outside of the village boundary, but requires the housing density, sewer and water of the village to be possible. That’s why a request to annex the property into the village is part of the application. The state-mandated environmental review on the entire project must be completed before a vote on annexation can even take place.

Golden noted that there is no deadline for completing an Environmental Impact Statement.