Buyer of former school needs to drill well
Developer Kerry Danenberg says additional water is necessary for the 46 apartments he wants to create.
The Onteora school board appears likely to give Brooklyn-based developer Kerry Danenberg permission to drill a well on the former West Hurley Elementary School property as part of his effort to win approval for creating apartments there.
“I anticipate [the request] will be acted on very soon,” Onteora school district Superintendent Victoria McLaren said.
Danenberg needs the well to satisfy town of Hurley requirements to use the property for 46 apartments. In his environmental impact statement for the project, Danenberg said current wells on the property draw only 3.6 gallons of water per minute.
The Onteora school board approved the sale of the twobuilding former school to Danenberg for $800,000 in February 2017, but the deal has not yet closed.
An application for the apartments that Danenberg submitted to the town of Hurley Planning Board shows he has formed Cedar Development East as the proposed property owner.
McLaren said approval of the project by the town is not a condition of the school district selling the site to Danenberg.
The West Hurley school property consists of the 13,406-square-foot Ryan building, which dates to the 1930s, and 30,645-squarefoot Levins building, constructed in 1964, on 36.3 acres at 97 Cedar St.
The Ryan building last was used for classes near the end of the 2001-02 school year, when mold was found. The Levins building closed after the 2003-04 academic year as part of district consolidation due to declining enrollment.