Joe DeGroodt, owner of Christmas Tree Lane, has created a petition to save the Pallet Barn in the Hamlet of Wallkill. The Pallet Barn is currently shut down, covered in red tape.
The Pallet Barn was shut down after a neighbor complained twice thinking they were holding profit events. The barn was originally built as an extension of the Christmas Tree Farm and has since been used for a number of events such as a sports team dinner and a wedding
“It evolved into something that I want to share with the community,” DeGroodt said.
The farm has existed for about 40 years. Over the past few years, the farm has struggled to survive like most small family farms. The Pallet Barn was built to help sustain the farm. DeGroodt has big plans for the Pallet Barn if it is opened again.
“We want this space to be used for charitable events, sports events, family events, farm events or profit events,” he said. “This is something our hamlet needs and should be allowed to be used as such.”
DeGroodt will speak at the Shawangunk Zoning Board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. He believes that the pallet barn will be opened again once it obtains a special use permit or country inn permit.
Those who want to help save the Pallet Barn should visit gopetition.com/petitions/save-the-pallet-barn-wallkill-ny.html#.XfGEBVCUyfY.email. While on the page, fill out your personal information on the right hand side and click the sign this petition button. To sponsor this cause, click sponsor on the right hand side of the page and choose the donation amount. As of Sunday afternoon the page had 243 signatures. DeGroodt needs support to get the Pallet Barn open again.
“It’s very unfortunate because I do a lot for the town,” DeGroodt said. “[The Pallet Barn] is good for the community.”