Kingston city asphalt plant project angers Ulster city officials and business owners – Daily Freeman

CITY OF KINGSTON, NY – A proposed hot-mix asphalt plant on the municipal line with the city of Ulster on State Highway 28 has Supervisor James Quigley and small business owners wondering if city officials will Kingston are turning the so-called “Gateway to the Catskills” into an industrial complex.

In an application discussed Monday at a Kingston Planning Board hearing, Route 28 Materials is seeking to build a facility on 17.8 acres of an 85.1-acre property at 530 Route 28.

Owners of Route 28 Materials said the location in the city’s MU-1 district would be important for the corridor the state Department of Environmental Conservation has billed as the start of a scenic highway .

“Its purpose is to provide a wide variety of freeway-oriented commercial uses consistent with its function as a regional gateway to Catskill Park,” they wrote.

Quigley said the permitting of an asphalt plant, combined with US Crane’s stockpiling of high-rise latticework near Route 850 28, goes against what is planned for the popular tourist route .

“Let’s tell everyone they walk into a state park and they will immediately see an expanse of industrial uses,” he said.

Other concerns about the demand came from owners of Wiedy’s Furniture, whose showroom is adjacent to the 530 Route 28 site. Managing partner Sharlene Martin said complaints about existing quarry activity on the property had not been taken seriously because his family’s business is immediately outside the Kingston city limit. She added that she does not expect cooperation to be better over concerns about an asphalt manufacturing plant.

“There was never a notification when they exploded,” she said. “They use our property for their trucks… (and) they don’t inform us, and they cause significant damage to our building. I can’t even imagine with the proximity to our building, (where) we sell furniture, what that smell, smell and residue would do to our business.

Route 28 Car Wash owner Dan Ortlieb was also concerned that odors and residue from the proposed asphalt plant would be a problem for customers who would be outside cleaning their vehicles.

In the application, Route 28 Materials states that the operations will have “diesel exhaust” and “particulate matter” from the operations of an “open air” process.

The proponents also argue that the project, which will be adjacent to the Bluestone Wilderness Forest Preserve, will not affect hunting, trapping or fishing permitted on the recreational property, as the asphalt plant would be a “continuation of commercial/industrial operations”.

Other concerns about an asphalt plant were an unknown amount of truck traffic coming in to deliver materials for processing as well as the potential for different vehicles arriving to purchase finished materials. A traffic study was not included in the documents available online, Quigley fearing that Planning Board members did not discuss these effects.

Quigley has frequently said that supervisors should not comment on projects in neighboring municipalities, but added that the dismissive attitude of Kingston city officials towards the concerns of Ulster city residents and business owners made him angry. He said when asked by a member of the Kingston City Board of Directors why he hadn’t yet commented on US Crane’s use of 850 Route 28, it also seemed like an invitation to join. this talk.

“They made a point of asking me why I’m concerned about this project and not 850,” he said. “I looked and said, ‘You want me to raise my voice to 850? “. … Here they have an impact on the citizens who are directly on the border and my constituents do not feel that they are properly represented by the elected officials there.

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