Public hearing set on new hotel proposal in Village of Rhinebeck, plus other local planning updates

Village of Rhinebeck Plans for a three-story, 50-room hotel and parking structure in the middle of Rhinebeck will be the subject of a public hearing Nov 21.

The village zoning board of appeals will consider an area variance approval for front-yard setback for the proposed “Rhinebeck Village Place” project, to be located at 46 West Market St., behind the Beekman Arms Inn, and described as a “lodging facility with ancillary spa and wine bistro.”

The first floor plans include a spa, small meeting room, and 40-seat wine bistro. Fifty rooms of hotel-style lodging are planned for the second and third floors. There will also be 80 parking spaces onsite, including in a parking garage structure. The project is being developed by Rhinebeck Village Place, LLC, and is designed by the architectural firm Liscum, McCormack, and VanVoorhis.

The project was originally proposed as a 36-unit condo complex in 2008, and the developer has appeared annually before the village Zoning Board of Appeals to get extensions on setback variances. The new plan fits within the footprint of the original.

At the Nov. 5 public hearing before the planning board, several community members spoke in support of the project. The planning board closed the public hearing and recommended the project to the ZBA for variance approval.

The public hearing starts Thursday at 7pm in village hall.

Citgo approved to install new canopy
Fair Oaks Realty Inc. / Citgo at 6365 Mill St. presented a site plan to the planning board on Nov. 5 seeking approval for the installation of a canopy at the gas station near the south entrance to the village. The site plan was approved.

Other Village of Rhinebeck Actions
Rhinebeck United Methodist Church at 83 East Market St. sought and received a planning board recommendation to the village zoning board of appeals (ZBA) to change their function during the week from an adult handicapped daycare service to a child daycare. The ZBA will consider the matter further at its Nov. 21 meeting.

Verven and Neustat at 18 East Market St. received approval from the planning board on Nov. 5 to cut the sidewalk in front of the property to install electrical service.

Leslie McNeil, at 25 South St., sought and received a positive recommendation from the planning board to the ZBA on Nov. 5 to add a roof and screen over her rear yard deck. The ZBA will consider the matter further at a future meeting.
Lisa McMillan, at 86 East Market St. in the historic district, received approval from the planning board on Nov. 5 to repair her side porch roof and make a slight change to its pitch.

Michael Hericourt and Serita Winthrop received approval from the planning board on Nov. 5 for renovations to a home in the historic district at 73 Livingston St.

John Vincent received approval from the planning board on Nov. 5 for an addition to extend an enclosed sun porch on the side of a home in the historic district at 14 South St.

The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on Nov. 21 at 7pm regarding an application by Catherine Long to install a 4-foot-11-inch fence in the front yard of 86 Montgomery St.

Milan Planning Board
Verizon cell tower hearing set for Dec. 4
A planning board public hearing for a proposed cell tower by Verizon Wireless will continue at the board’s next meeting Dec. 4. The board is awaiting information from the applicant in order to proceed with the environmental review of the project.

Subdivision on Round Lake Road to get public hearing
A public hearing for the subdivision application for 212 Round Lake Road will also continue Dec. 4. The owner, Lauren Munsch, has proposed dividing the existing lot into two: a 3-acre and a 4.2-acre buildable lot. The board is waiting on information from the Dutchess County Department of Public Works related to the driveway location, before it can proceed with the environmental review and close the public hearing.

Town of Red Hook
Former Apple-a-Day Diner renovation approved

Following a public hearing with no comments, the planning board Nov. 4 unanimously approved plans by co-owners Teddy Keramas and Corey Stratton to renovate the former Apple-a-Day Diner, located at 7329 South Broadway and soon to be named the Red Hook Diner. Improvements include elimination of the “Pizza Hut” cap, new roof shingles, stone facing and a bike rack to replace parking spaces that no longer conform to the town’s new business district zoning.

Discussions continue on former NAPA site
The application to redevelop 7311 South Broadway, the former site of NAPA Auto Parts, returned to the planning board Nov. 4 for further review. Applicant Calvin Hills had previously told the board that he plans to remodel the existing building to house a retail and service business for plumbing, heating and HVAC products. He later hopes to construct a showroom at the front of the property with one or two stories of residential rental units above it. A public hearing was scheduled for the Nov. 18 meeting of the planning board.

Lot line adjustment sought on Turkey Hill Road
Property owner and applicant Paul Doherty is seeking approval for making a 17.6 acre lot and a .09 acre lot on Turkey Hill Road into a 10-acre parcel and a 7.6 acre parcel to make them easier to sell. At the Nov. 4 planning meeting, the board explained that the lots are in the Agricultural Business District, which was created to “support and maintain farming as a viable economic interest in the town” and the proposed lines need to take soil types into consideration. The board scheduled a site visit and placed the project on the agenda for the Nov. 18 meeting.

Reduced setback approved for carport on Annandale Road
Following a public hearing with no comments at the Nov. 13 ZBA meeting, Bruce and Odile Chilton received approval of a six-foot setback for the construction of a carport for their property on 1288 Annandale Road. The Chiltons had requested a 3 foot setback in a zone that normally requires a 15-foot setback.

ZBA foreshadows approval for shed setback on Williams Road
Fred Delgrosso is seeking a variance from the zoning board to allow the placement of a 24′ by 14′ shed 10 feet from the border of his property at 132 Williams Road. After noting some missing measurements on the survey provided by the applicant at the Nov. 13 ZBA meeting, the board requested it be remedied and that Delgrosso then return so they can grant the variance.

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