Large Coxsackie housing proposal has restarted
Andrea Macko reports in Porcupine Soup that Coxsackie officials are holding a public information meeting about almost two-decade old plans for a 360-unit manufactured housing development there. UMH Properties, Inc. proposed Mountainview Estates in 2005 on 159.65 acres of what was once farmland off Van Dyke Street in Coxsackie. But their was opposition almost immediately to the large proposal, and the company eventually filed a lawsuit against the Village of Coxsackie, alleging discrimination and slow-walking their application process. Last year, UMH and the Village settled, allowing for a new project application to be filed and requiring the Village to pay $275,000 in damages, attorney’s fees, and costs. The proposal includes a clubhouse with a swimming pool, playgrounds, basketball courts, a boat and trailer storage area, and multi-use trails for pedestrians and horses, plus roadways, driveways, street lighting, sidewalks, and preserved open space. Gov. Kathy Hochul and local officials in the Hudson Valley have identified a current affordable housing crisis. But Hochul's housing proposal in her proposed budget this year was removed in negotiations with lawmakers, and few affordable housing projects have been approved locally in recent years. Read more about this story in Porcupine Soup.