Buyer of for­mer school needs to drill well

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble [email protected]­manon­line.com

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.

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