A senior housing development generated a quizzical reaction at the December 5 Town of Newburgh planning board meeting.
The Hudson Place senior housing project is expected to have 216 residential apartment units in 17 buildings, 24 of which will be senior housing units and will be placed off of Route 9W, at the site of the Overlook Farm Market. There will be a 25,000 square foot retail facility that faces Route 9W and a private sewage facility as well.
Additionally, the project will contain a number of recreation options: with two ponds, a clubhouse, a pool, a dog park tennis courts, and bocce ball court.
Anthony Guccione, associate principal at JMC Engineering — the project’s representative firm — touted the picturesque nature of the project, which irked some of the board members.
“The units are proposed to be arranged along a serpentine road, which works with photography,” he said.
The photo displays garnered disgust from board members John Ward and Stephanie DeLuca, with Ward stating that the color scheme “looks cheap.”
Another concern was accessibility due to a 24 inch stone wall that is set to face Route 9W, which was brought up by board chair John Ewasutyn.
“That’s really not much curb appeal,” he said. “You know, we’re trying to be inviting.”
If approved, the project is expected to be completed in two phases, with the first surrounding the residential area and sewage facility and the second concerning the retail building. Phase one is expected to begin in April 2020, with the anticipated project completion date being the following year.