De­vel­oper en­vi­sions Up­town ho­tel

10 guest rooms and a res­tau­rant would oc­cupy build­ing at Wall and John streets

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

KINGSTON >> A New York City de­vel­oper who 18 years ago pro­posed build­ing a ho­tel near the Ron­d­out Creek wa­ter­front now wants to cre­ate a bou­tique ho­tel in the city’s Up­town busi­ness dis­trict. Charles Blaich­man, whose Noah Ho­tel pro­posal for a site on Abeel Street never came to fruition, has pur­chased the build­ing at 301 Wall St. and plans to open a 10-room ho­tel and res­tau­rant there, ac­cord­ing to Kingston ar­chi­tect Scott Dut­ton, who is de­sign­ing the project.

Nan Pot­ter, owner of Pot­ter Realty Prop­er­ties, said the three­story build­ing, at the cor­ner of Wall and John streets, was sold by T&S Realty Hold­ings to Hud­son Val­ley Kingston De­vel­op­ment LLC for $925,000. Blaich­man is a part­ner in that firm, Pot­ter said.

Pot­ter said the deal closed on

Fri­day.

The Kingston Asses­sor’s Of­fice said Tues­day that build­ing is as­sessed at $405,000, less than half what Blaich­man paid for it.

Blaich­man’s com­pany also owns the for­mer Bank of Amer­ica build­ing at Broad­way and Henry Street in Mid­town Kingston, a build­ing at 38 Main St. in the Up­town area and the Abeel Street prop­erty where the Noah was to be built.

The Noah was pro­posed in 1998 and ul­ti­mately fell through be­cause Blaich­man could not fi­nance a $5 mil­lion gap in the con­struc­tion cost.

Blaich­man’s Up­town pro­posal will be be­fore the city Plan­ning Board at its next meet­ing, sched­uled for 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in City Hall.

Dut­ton said once ap­provals for the project are granted, it will take about six months to make the needed ren­o­va­tions to the build­ing, which dates to 1884.

Five ho­tel rooms are planned for the sec­ond floor, with an­other five on the third floor of the build­ing built.

The ground floor, which will house the res­tau­rant, and the sec­ond floor have 2,923 square feet of space each, Dut­ton said. The third floor has 2,566 square feet.

The brick build­ing, which has a lime­stone façade, at one time housed a bank. Its most re­cent ten­ant was the Ton­ner Doll Co., which has moved to 1094 Mor­ton Blvd. in the town of Ul­ster.

Mayor Steve Noble said the project ap­pears to some­thing he could sup­port.

“While there is much more to learn about this spe­cific pro­posal, I am sup­port­ive of this type of de­vel­op­ment in our com­mu­nity,” he said.” “Lack of lodg­ing con­tin­ues to be an is­sue, es­pe­cially in our bustling busi­ness districts.

I” am con­fi­dent that ad­di­tional lodg­ing op­tions will make Kingston an even more at­trac­tive place to visit,” the mayor said.

Dut­ton has no doubt that the is­sue of park­ing will come up dur­ing the re­view process.

“With every sin­gle ap­pli­cant in Up­town, we have to dis­cuss park­ing,” he said.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

The build­ing at 301 Wall St. in Up­town Kingston is shown on Tues­day.

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