Supervisor Scott Corcoran said he has met several times with developers Scott Layton and Ron Cypress about their proposed dockside residential project near the hamlet of Marlboro.
Corcoran said there will be a Gateway meeting on July 11 with the developers along with town planning board engineer Pat Hines, town attorney Gerald Comatos, Building Department Director Tom Corcoran, Water Department Director Charlie Muggeo, sewer engineer Dennis Larios and Councilman Dave Zambito.
“We’re trying to get all the people in play that are going to move this project forward because Layton Properties is pretty much ready to go to the Planning Board and start the process,” he said. “They have been doing a lot of background work already and have been paying Pat Hines directly for any kind of the technical engineering aspects that they need for he project.”
Corcoran said the Town Board has to consider granting the project a zoning change from Industrial to Residential but he is not sure if it will be for one quarter acre, a half acre or higher.
“A lot of that property is zoned industrial from back in the day and we understand it’s probably not going to be industrial again,” he said.
Corcoran said the developer is seeking 100 units for his upscale private residential project that will include a community center with a recreational room and a pool that overlooks the Hudson River.
“They call them condos but they look more like three townhouses connected, each with a garage. Then there is a separation and then another three stack and another three stack and some of them are four stack,” he said. “They will be bringing in their CAD and pdf drawings to the meeting on the 11th. The price range for the units at this point is about $550,000 to $600,000.”
Corcoran said this developer is also looking at the Marlboro Marina property on the river at the end of Dock Road that is for sale.
Corcoran said he is in favor of the Dockside project.
“I think he has a good model there with beautiful views and I think he is going to start the planning process within a month or two,” he said.
Corcoran said the developer will not be seeking a tax abatement program for his project.
“He has not mentioned it to me from day one, so I doubt it because he has no commercial [component] and he knows we already shied away from that on the Bayside project [a 114 unit residential project that has been proposed across Route 9W],” he said, adding that the Dockside developers, “have been very cordial to deal with and every conversation I’ve had with them they have been upfront and have been motivated to get the project done.”
Corcoran believes the town presently has enough sewer capacity to handle both the Bayside and Dockside projects, but will increase with upgrades using a combined $750,000 in fees from these two projects, coupled with $860,000 in federal funds the town received through the American Rescue Plan Act [ARPA]. In addition the town has applied for a $500,000 grant through Ulster County that can be used for upgrades, most of which will happen at the Marlboro sewer plant.
“This is not just a fix it up, it’s an expansion of the Marlboro plant,” he said. “That’s what we’re determining right now; how much of a capacity expansion we’re going to have. I fully expect a minimum of 25,000 gallons per day, which is all they need, but I believe with the upgrades that we’re going to be putting in, it will probably be more than 25,000 gallons.”
Corcoran said having Gateway meetings with the town and the developers prior to going to the Planning Board, “only makes the process go smoother, so when the developers come in they will actually understand what they are required to do and there are no surprises, especially in fees. We want to take that out of the equation, so they understand that before they make the big investment to start the process.”