Romeo Kia’s planned move focus of hearing
A public hearing will be held Nov. 17 on Romeo Kia’s plan to move from Uptown Kingston to the Lake Katrine section of Ulster.
The hearing is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. in the Ulster Town Hall.
The dealership wants to relocate from 111 Schwenk Drive in Kingston, near Kingston Plaza, to 1905 Ulster Ave. (U.S. Route 9W) in Lake Katrine, near the Romeo Chevrolet dealership that moved from the Kingston site to Lake Katrine in the early part of the decade.
The Chevrolet and Kia dealerships would be separated by the new Holiday Inn Express hotel that’s being built on Ulster Avenue.
Dealership General Manager Lucia Romeo said the move will allow better parking for customers and more room to display vehicles for sale.
Town of Ulster Supervisor James Quigley spoke favorably about the planned Kia move this past spring, but some neighbors are unhappy about it.
“My house ends up setting up higher [than the planned dealership], so when I look out my windows, I will end up seeing this unless they leave up some of the trees,” Leggs Mills Road resident Cheryl Drews said. “There are some maples that are about 30 years old, and they would be a higher shield.”
Also, Drews said, “my house sits up on a rock ledge that will have to be blasted.”
She also voiced concern about the new dealership’s service department, which would be closet to her house.
“They will have their doors open during the day because it’s not air conditioned in there,” Drews said. “The noise will be a concern.”
Brinks Trailer Park resident Keith Baxter said he’s concerned that a stormwater management area associated with the dealership will be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
“The last thing I want in my back yard is a pond or a lake where mosquitoes can breed and thus subject ... anybody in the area to something that might become airborne,” he said.
Baxter also is concerned about the lighting planned for a vehicle storage area.
“We’re in discussion now about having the illumination at 8 [p.m.] ... reduced by 50 percent because we are so close here to this area,” he said. “I don’t need to be looking out into Yankee Stadium until 10 o’clock at night, and that’s what the proposed time frame is, to turn the lights down at 10.”
The existing Romeo complex in Ulster comprises a 24,037-square-foot Chevrolet building and a 3,477-square-foot Buick showroom. The separate Kia building would measure 19,000 square feet.
If Romeo Kia moves from Kingston to Ulster, it will be the second dealership to do so lately. Begnal Motors — a Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler dealer — is building a new dealership on Route 28 in Ulster, near Thruway Exit 19, and will move there from its current home on Albany Avenue in Kingston.