Last night there was approximately 30-36 people in attendance to listen to the presentation given by representatives of the Partition Street Project in the Village of Saugerties. The meeting officially started a little bit after 7:00PM and ended at around 8:30PM. It was made clear by board chair and Village attorney that the public would not be allowed to ask questions or have discussion during this stage of the planning. They stated that there would be ample opportunity for the public to weigh in later meetings to be held.
The engineer, architect, geologist and attorney representing the project gave the planning board members a brief description their clients' intentions to build what will consist of, a "a three story, 30 unit Hotel, a 4000 sq. ft. ballroom (accommodating 100-150 people for weddings and events), "catering facility", outdoor "tent" area, and terraced 100 space "valet" parking lot which is now known as "Nanny Goat Hill", and approximately an additional 100 space parking lot within the primary building site.
Presently the zoning is R3 (Special Use permit needed for parking lot) for the "Nanny Goat Hill" and PW (Planned Waterfront) for the remaining acreage. According to the Village Zoning Law Article #8: a Hotel/Motel requires one space per guest room, one space for every 3 employees. Restaurants/Bars require one space for every three seats or one space per every 1oo sq.ft. of gross floor area.
Here are some of the concerns expressed:
- Excavation if "Nanny Goat" Hill: its historical significance and "blasting" that it will require.
- Burden on already taxed Dock Street Waste Water Treatment and Blue Mountain Reservoir which is the Village's primary water utilities.
- No public access and obscuring of public view of the historic Cantine Dam.
- Excessive traffic that this project will produce and the inadequate road (9W/32) infrastructure that offers access.
- The "hair pin" turn at the bottom of Partition Street that will undoubtedly be a problem.
- Possible razing of several historically significant properties including "Nanny Goat Hill".
- Run-off and pollution of the lower Esopus Creek from the 200+ parking lots and roofs of the building.
- Disturbance of alleged pollutants burried as a result of the site's previous use.