Developers appeared in front of the Town of Newburgh Planning Board in the latest round of discussions to build a large apartment complex along Route 300 in the Gardnertown section of town. The site is the habitat for a federally endangered species of bats.
Last week, representatives of Engineering & Surveying Properties discussed a Draft Scoping Document related to a Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The Planning Board moved to set a public scoping for their April 20, 2023 meeting.
The latest round of talks comes after developers first pitched the idea to the Planning Board last November.
A proposed site plan for what would be called The Enclave includes a 246 multifamily residential project consisting of 18 buildings on 48 acres of property. It would include 13 buildings holding 12 apartments apiece plus another five buildings containing 18 apartments apiece. It would also feature a clubhouse with a swimming pool, playground, and pickle ball court. The site would also contain a fenced in dog park. A total of 608 parking spaces are being proposed.
The Enclave is proposed to be built along Route 300 directly across from the Newburgh Town Hall and Gardnertown School. It would span along Route 300 from Gardnertown Road to the area across from Gardnertown Farms Road. It would extend along Gardnertown Road and back up to houses in a residential neighborhood on Upper Avenue and Circle Lane. See the map below.
The proposed access point to the development would be on Route 300 directly across from the Mount Carmel Church of Christ. A secondary emergency access would be created on Circle Lane.
The Quassaick Creek runs directly through the middle of the property. Buildings are proposed to be positioned beyond what is considered the 100 year flood park.
According to the site plan, the proposed project is within the habitat for the federally endangered Indiana Bat. Projects disturbing greater than 10 acres of forested land within an Indiana Bat habitat will require an analysis for a potential permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Developers still have numerous additional steps to take with the Planning Board before the proposed project could potentially receive final approval. Their next meeting appearance at the Planning Board is scheduled for Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 7:00pm, in the Town Hall meeting room.
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