Politics & Government

Many Woodstock residents say large commercial projects are harming town’s character

Many Woodstock residents say large commercial projects are harming town’s character

In over an hour of public comments, neighbors of Woodstock Way and Mudd Club Bagel and Coffee Shop, and a host of community members, spoke about trends that have seen more and more commercial projects coming back to the ZBA and town planners, or the town’s building department, after major changes have already been made, asking that they be legalized. Many said it was harming Woodstock’s character. It was time, said one man to loud applause, that a line be drawn.

Manna from Albany

Manna from Albany

A plan to build a mixed-use residential, commercial, hotel and parking complex will receive $3.8 million of the $10 million state grant for improvements in Uptown Kingston. Other projects that received support include $2.5 million for improvements to Dietz Stadium and the Andretta pool; $1.34 million to improve access to and circulation around the tangled streets of the Uptown business district; almost a million dollars to redesign and reconfigure Schwenk Drive; $472,500 for stabilizing a historic stone building on Frog Alley; and $600,000 to fund targeted small grants and loans in the neighborhood.

Neighbors raise traffic, noise concerns over proposed Saugerties resort that includes farm-to-table restaurant and cabins

Neighbors raise traffic, noise concerns over proposed Saugerties resort that includes farm-to-table restaurant and cabins

The public hearing on Tuesday, June 19, was the second on the proposed 82-acre Agawan resort off Glasco Turnpike near the Glasco firehouse. In addition to a 120-seat restaurant and 60 cabins, the facility would have garden areas for growing food for the restaurant, an artists’ studio and possibly a horseback riding stable. A substantial section of the property would be devoted to growing food for the farm-to-table restaurant.