Sec­ond re­view awaits Ir­ish cen­ter pro­posal

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Kirby [email protected]­manon­line.com

The mat­ter, which needs a new ap­proval, will be back be­fore the city Plan­ning Board when it meets Dec. 17. PAGE A3

The pro­posal for the Ir­ish Cul­tural Cen­ter on Abeel Street in the city’s Ron­d­out district is headed back to the Kingston Plan­ning Board.

A re­view by the board is sched­uled for its Dec. 17 meet­ing, which starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 420 Broad­way.

The pro­posal is un­der­go­ing a sec­ond re­view be­cause its orig­i­nal site plan ap­proval ex­pired with­out the de­vel­oper get­ting a build­ing per­mit.

Ex­ca­va­tion at the hal­facre site, which over­looks the Ron­d­out Creek, be­gan ear­lier this year, and neigh­bors com­plained the work was caus­ing ex­ces­sive noise and dam­age to sur­round­ing prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing the city-owned Com­pany Hill Path.

The site, at 32 Abeel St., is bor­dered on two sides by pri­vate homes.

In Au­gust, the de­vel­oper was cited by the city en­gi­neer for vi­o­la­tions at the site, but those vi­o­la­tions have been cor­rected since, ac­cord­ing to city of­fi­cials.

In re­sponse to com­plaints about the ex­ca­va­tion, the Com­mon Coun­cil adopted changes to the City Code in­tended to pro­vide more over­sight and reg­u­la­tion of such work when it takes place on pri­vate prop­erty.

The 16,213-square-foot Ir­ish Cul­tural Cen­ter is to in­clude a 171-seat the­ater on its ground floor, which would be built into the hill­side fac­ing West Strand and Com­pany Hill Path; and a restau­rant with a pub space, among other ameni­ties.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

The Ir­ish Cul­tural Cen­ter site, shown on Thurs­day, is on Abeel Street site in Kingston’s Ron­d­out district.

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