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Fundraiser planned to oppose Philmont development

Oct 19, 2023 12:11 pm

Raymond Pignone reports in Columbia-Greene Media that the Summit Lake Conservation Group will hold a benefit concert Nov. 12 at The Avalon Lounge in Catskill to stop a high-end housing development in the wooded in Philmont. Catskill fiddler Greg Farley; indie-pop craftsman Philip Goth; jazz and avant-garde keyboardist and composer John Medeski; and Red Hook’s Laura Zarougian and Little Tree will perform. Clover Reach Partners wants to construct 16 high-end homes on 22 acres around Summit Lake in Philmont. Last year, they got the Philmont Planning Board's approval for that project, but a lawsuit reversed that decision, sending the developers back to the planning board. But both times, the planning board has not done a full environmental review of the proposal. The Summit Lake Conservation Group says the lake is home to bald eagles and the endangered Northern Long-Eared Bat and Indiana Bat. They also say the proposed narrow, one-way loop road through thedevelopment does not meet state code. The group said in a statement, “Restoring Summit Lake through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and preserving Summit Lake’s historic viewshed are vital steps in energizing the local economy by focusing redevelopment funds on Philmont’s natural and historic assets.” WGXC has live webstreams of most Avalon Lounge shows at wgxc.org/listen. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.

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