IDA douses plans for Kohl’s store in Greenport

HUDSON–A Kohl’s department store won’t be coming to the area, at least not any time soon. Neither will discounter TJ Maxx.

The county Industrial Development Agency voted unanimously last Friday, February 5, to reject a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) application that the Widewaters Group, the developer of Greenport Commons, said was essential to attract Kohl’s to the shopping plaza on Fairview Avenue in Greenport. The plaza already has a large Walmart and a Lowe’s home improvement store. Read more…

Abode plans to grow… carefully

Historic Shaker structures will remain intact under new, long-term plan

NEW LEBANON–At the very northeastern-most corner of Columbia County change is afoot at the Abode of the Message. A new master plan recently released by the organization envisions improvements costing from $10 to $15 million over the next 10 years. A capital campaign will soon be launched.

The Abode, as it is frequently called, is just east of New Lebanon. It is an “intentional community” founded in 1975. About 40 people live there full time and are dedicated to living according to prescriptions for personal spiritual growth and universal harmony. Many more come to visit, meditate and learn. Read more…

Hamlet will decide what to be and not to be

HILLSDALE–When local government looks down the road to development it’s often called “strategic planning” or “managed growth” or “smart growth” by urban planners. These days it usually includes all the ecological buzzwords like “organic,” “sustainable” and “green.”

Hillsdale adopted its first Comprehensive Plan in 1995 and revised in 2000. Now the town is again updating the plan with input from residents and help from specialists. Read more…

Taghkanic blocks new mining permits for six months

TAGHKANIC–The Town Board has adopted a six-month moratorium on permits for new gravel mines, after residents raised concerns about a proposal for a mine on Livingston Road.

The board made the decision on the moratorium at the first regular meeting of the year, Tuesday, February 1.  And while the agenda included numerous other matters, including what the new highway superintendent said are record-keeping and repair problems with town roads and equipment, the board took up these issues with no outward signs of the bitter political battle that delayed the outcome of November’s election until last month. Read more…

Village ponders detention pond for runoff overflow

CHATHAM – Village officials met with representatives from the state and federal government last week to discuss what to do when storm runoff overwhelms the village sewer system.

Mayor Paul Bohme reported the substance of the meeting to Trustees at the last Village Board meeting January 28, saying that he and Trustee George Grant met with representatives from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York Rural Water Association and Congressmen Scott Murphy’s office to discuss the sewer infiltration issues due to rain water runoff, sump pumps, roof leaders and manholes. He said the meeting included a discussion of whether the village should create a detention pond to collect storm runoff. Read more…