New bank proposed in Rhinebeck

The Mid Hudson Medical Group is seeking subdivision approval from Rhinebeck to create a building lot for a new bank in the Stop&Shop plaza on Route 9, which they hope to lease to Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.

Richard Rang of Kirchhoff Properties and Larry Boudreau, architect-project manager for Chazen Companies, presented plans for a 4,300 square foot building on a 2.092-acre lot at the town planning board meeting Feb. 4.

As proposed, the bank would be located within the plaza between the medical center parking lot and the Williams Lumber yard. The medical group moved into the plaza last year.

One of the board’s concerns about the plan was the impact on traffic. Rang told the board that the existing traffic set-up could be used by bank customers and that access to the bank would come from the traffic light at the entrance to the plaza.

Also of concern to the planners was the bank’s proximity to Williams Lumber traffic. Planner F. Woody Dierze said, “With the space in front of your building on that road, it is heavily travelled. You’ve got a lot of heavy tractor trailers [coming] out of Williams.”

Rang said that they had spoken to Williams Lumber owner Sandy Williams about moving a gas tank, which would leave adequate site distance to see vehicles coming out of the Williams lumber yard.

Lighting for a planned drive-through located behind the building was another concern raised by the board, based on complaints the board had received in the past on other projects.

The Stop&Shop plaza is already home to Citizens Bank.

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