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Carey Institute adds easment to property sale in Rensselaerville

Jun 01, 2022 12:55 pm

Noah Zweifel reports for the Altamont Enterprise that the Carey Institute is selling its historic 90-acre campus in Rensselaerville and has implemented a conservation easement regulating possible future development. Any new building will be limited to a 16-acre zone where there are already existing buildings, and the total square-footage of all current and future commercial structures can’t exceed an additional 25 percent of the current total. Mohawk Hudson Executive Director Mark King said that the easement “is especially important because of the institute’s proximity to Myositis Lake,” which is in Rensselaerville’s Huyck Preserve. “The easement also limits the potential for disturbance of steep forested slopes along Route 85 entering the hamlet of Rensselaerville,” King said. “This helps maintain the visual character of the area by creating a distinct boundary between the hamlet and the surrounding rural and agricultural landscape, something that is frequently lost in communities as development spreads.” The property has been for sale since 2020 for $2.75 million. Read more about this story in the Altamont Enterprise.