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Greenport and The Falls at odds over parking, banquet venue

Jan 25, 2018 7:45 am

Kaitlin Lembo is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Greenport Planning Board and The Falls apartment complex are at odds over proposed changes to the complex, located on the site of the former Greenport Elementary School on Route 66. JMS Collective CEO Mark Salomon appeared before the planning board January 23, to discuss parking at the complex, but was peppered with questions after he mentioned some of the proposed changes had already occurred without the board’s approval. The board expressed concern about sufficient resident parking, and a proposed banquet hall and venue the owners hope to create. The board was unaware that JMS intended to use the dining hall as a venue for third-party activities, Planning Board Chairman Ed Stiffler said. Salomon said The Falls hopes to host venues like weddings, sweet 16 parties, proms and bar mitzvahs. The board also took issue with the formula used by Salomon and his staff to allocate parking spots for residents, saying they did not account for multi-car households or the additional demand created by a third-party venue on the site. Planning board members asked engineer Ray Jurkowski to visit the facility to compare what has been built with the original plans and determine what remains to be constructed. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

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