Overdevelopment Fears In Rural Neighborhood

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William Stillman, a Town of Newburgh resident concerned about an apartment complex planned near his home, put up signs informing others in the area about his thoughts on the project. (photo by Bob Root)

By Mark Gerlach

Overdeveloping rural areas causes congestion, traffic, infrastructure wear and other problems, according to some residents in the Town of Newburgh’s Pine Brook neighborhood.

A public hearing on Gardnertown Commons, a project that includes building about 164 apartment units at the corner of Gardnertown and Creek Run roads on an about 19.77-acre site, was held on June 16. A number of residents are concerned about the project, and a large crowd attended the meeting.

“Developers are trying to develop every square inch of land around here,” William Stillman, 58, of the Town of Newburgh said.

The plans for the apartment complex also include a clubhouse, pool area, tennis courts, and open space for recreation, according to the minutes of a May 19 planning board meeting. About 20 of the apartments are slated to be designated as senior housing.

A proposal was originally submitted about a decade ago for approximately 104 condominium units to be built on the site. The project later resurfaced in its new form, Stillman said. An amended site plan is currently before the town’s planning board.

A retention pond and fence appears to be slated for construction less than 30 feet from Stillman’s property line, he said. Stillman’s property is currently surrounded by woods and one neighbor.

It was unclear as of Thursday afternoon if Gardnertown Commons will be discussed at the next planning board meeting on July 7. Calls to the Town of Newburgh Planning Board weren’t returned.

For the complete story see the Friday, June 24 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post.

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