Gun range that was blocked in Kingston looks to open in neigh­bor­ing town of Ul­ster

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line

An in­door shoot­ing range orig­i­nally pro­posed for a build­ing in Mid­town Kingston ap­pears headed for the town of Ul­ster.

The Ul­ster build­ing is at 10 Ki­ef­fer Lane, off East Ch­ester Street By­pass, and town Su­per­vi­sor James Quigley said the project should prove to be much less con­tro­ver­sial than when it was pro­posed for Prince Street in Kingston.

“If you wanted to do a com­pare and con­trast with the site of the orig­i­nal project, you don’t have any­one walk­ing past this, the build­ing is not lo­cated near a school, it is not lo­cated near a hos­pi­tal, and there are no res­i­dences around this,” he said.

The Kingston site was in walk­ing dis­tance from the YMCA, Kingston High School and the Broad­way Cam­pus of HealthAl­liance Hos­pi­tal.

The Ul­ster busi­ness would be called Mer­can­tile Fa­cil­ity and Shoot­ing Sports Com­plex and would oc­cupy 22,000 square feet in a build­ing the for­merly housed the Eastern States elec­tri­cal sup­ply com­pany. The build­ing cur­rently has an ex­te­rior sign that says Clas­sic Tile, but the site has been va­cant for about a year and has a real es­tate com­pany’s “Avail­able” sign at­tached to a fence.

The Kingston busi­ness, pro­posed by the same per­son, Dr. Adam Soyer, but in­tended to be called Safeshoot, would have been in Soyer’s for­mer med-

ical of­fice build­ing at 90 Prince St. that mea­sures just 2,400 square feet.

The Mer­can­tile Fa­cil­ity and Shoot­ing Sports Com­plex would have 20 shoot­ing lanes, a mem­bers’ lounge, a spe­cial events room, a café and 5,000 square feet of re­tail space, in­clud­ing a gun­smith work­shop. The Kingston plan called for only five shoot­ing lanes, as well as class­rooms and a re­tail area.

The Kingston pro­posal was dropped, and Soyer put the Prince Street build­ing up for sale, af­ter the city re­vised zon­ing reg­u­la­tions, ef­fec­tively block­ing the pro­posal.

Quigley said the Ul­ster

pro­posal will not have zon­ing-re­lated prob­lems.

The pro­posal “is en­tirely un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the town Plan­ning Board be­cause they (the shoot­ing range) are go­ing to stay within the ex­ist­ing foot­print of the build­ing and only do in­te­rior ren­o­va­tions to im­prove it for their in­tended use,” the su­per­vi­sor said. “They are go­ing to up­grade the land­scap­ing, park­ing, light­ing and sig­nage on the ex­te­rior to make it con­form to cur­rent stan­dards.”

The Ki­ef­fer Lane build­ing in owned Sandy and Dale Whit­man, but it was not im­me­di­ately clear whether Soyer planned to buy it or rent the space.

The build­ing is on the same prop­erty as Kingston Block and Ma­sonry and the in­ac­tive Mil­lens Metal Re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity.


The Mer­can­tile Fa­cil­ity and Shoot­ing Sports Com­plex would op­er­ate in this build­ing, cur­rently va­cant, at 10 Ki­ef­fer Lane in the town of Ul­ster.

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