Bou­tique ho­tel pro­posed for Wall Street would be 11 rooms

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Ariél Zangla azangla@free­manon­line.com ArielAtFree­man on Twit­ter

A bou­tique ho­tel pro­posed for the city’s Up­town busi­ness district would have 11 rooms in­stead of the ini­tially pro­posed 10, the ar­chi­tect said.

“We’ve mod­i­fied the plan and found space for one ad­di­tional room,” Scott Dut­ton said Thurs­day.

Dut­ton ap­peared Mon­day be­fore the city Plan­ning Board to dis­cuss the pro­posal for the build­ing at 301 Wall St. He said the three-story build­ing at the cor­ner of Wall and John streets would house 11 ho­tel rooms on the up­per floors and a small restaurant/café on the ground floor that would be open to the pub­lic, but also pro­vide ser­vice to guests.

On Mon­day, the Plan­ning Board an­nounced its in­ten­tion to serve as lead agency in the en­vi­ron­men­tal review of the project.

New York City de­vel­oper Charles Blaich­man pur­chased the Wall Street build­ing through his firm, Hud­son Val­ley Kingston De­vel­op­ment LLC. The firm 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 an Abeel Street prop­erty where Blaich­man had pro­posed build­ing a ho­tel near the Ron­d­out Creek wa­ter­front. That pro­posal for the Noah Ho­tel never came to fruition.

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

Dut­ton said the Wall Street build­ing will not need many ex­te­rior ren­o­va­tions for the ho­tel project. Two win­dow open­ings far­thest from the cor­ner of Wall Street would be mod­i­fied for emer­gency egress, he added.

“Other than that, all the ren­o­va­tions are in­te­rior ren­o­va­tions,” Dut­ton said.

The brick build­ing, which has a lime­stone fa­cade, 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.

Dut­ton has said that once ap­provals for the project are granted, it would take ap­prox­i­mately six months to ren­o­vate the build­ing. He added that the de­vel­op­ers are seek­ing a waiver of park­ing re­quire­ments for the busi­ness, be­cause the build­ing is within 400 feet of a mu­nic­i­pal park­ing lot.

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