Ir­ish Cul­tural Cen­ter’s plan awaits hear­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­line.com paulat­free­man on Twit­ter

A sec­ond pub­lic hear­ing on the pro­posed Ir­ish Cul­tural Cen­ter in the Ron­d­out will be held by the city Plan­ning Board on Nov. 2.

The hear­ing is sched­uled to start at 6 p.m. at City Hall on Broad­way.

Plan­ning Board Chair­man Wayne Platte said Fri­day that the sec­ond hear­ing is in­tended to give the pub­lic a chance to com­ment on a scaled-back plan for the pro­ject at 32 Abeel St.

“There has been a new sub­mis­sion that al­ters the size of the of the pro­ject,” Platte said. “We just want the pub­lic to have the chance to weigh in again on the changes in the pro­posal.”

The Plan­ning Board will also con­tinue its re­view of the pro­ject dur­ing its reg­u­lar monthly meet­ing sched­uled for Nov. 14.

At the first hear­ing, on Oct. 5, Plan­ning Board mem­bers were asked by slightly more than half of the 34 speak­ers to de­clare that the pro­ject would have en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts re­quir­ing mit­i­ga­tion or would dis­qual­ify the pro­ject al­to­gether.

At that hear­ing, Ir­ish Cul­tural Cen­ter sup­port­ers an­nounced the pro­posed build­ing would be nar­rowed by 3 feet, 2 inches and re­duced by 1.5 feet in height.

Fol­low­ing the ses­sion, they said the pro­ject is an­tic­i­pated to be re­duced from 16,889 square feet to about 16,129 square feet.

Other changes in­clude: build­ing a the­ater with 174 seats, an 11-seat re­duc­tion; ban­quet hall with 120 seats, a 30-seat re­duc­tion; and a pub with 70 seats, a 10-seat re­duc­tion.

As­so­ci­ated park­ing re­quire­ments would be 54 spa­ces, a three-space re­duc­tion, leav­ing the pro­ject to re­quire a zon­ing law waiver al­low­ing 36 off-site spa­ces.

How­ever, the re­duc­tions did not make a dif­fer­ence for at least 18 speak­ers at the Oct. 5 hear­ing, with many say­ing the cen­ter is a good idea, but in the wrong lo­ca­tion.

The city Zon­ing Board of Ap­peals is wait­ing for sur­vey in­for­ma­tion about prop­erty ad­ja­cent to the pro­posed Ir­ish Cul­tural Cen­ter site be­fore de­cid­ing whether a zon­ing de­ter­mi­na­tion sup­port­ing the pro­ject is cor­rect.

Ir­ish Cul­tural Cen­ter Hud­son Val­ley pur­chased the prop­erty from Alan and Ruth Ben­delius.

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