Romeo Kia’s planned move fo­cus of hear­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

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.

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