With financial troubles, Friar Tuck Inn is for sale
Andrea Macko in Porcupine Soup chronicles the long list of legal troubles over the years with the Friar Tuck Inn in Catskill off Route 32. The property will be auctioned off by Greene County this fall unless someone pays the almost $100,000 in delinquent taxes. The resort has a medieval motif, almost 400 rooms, and more than 50,000 square-feet of convention center space. It was the first hotel in New York State to offer Off-Track Betting. But those glory days are now gone. James Hannahs, director of Greene County Economic Development, said, “Friar Tuck is certainly high on our priority list when it comes to sites that need an adaptive reuse concept, especially given its current condition, which draws concerns from the surrounding community and the county.... We have courted a few developers to consider a variety of different projects on that site, but it is privately owned with little to no access.” NY-32 Realty Group are the current owners, and Phillip Oswald, the attorney of record for NY-32 Realty Group, did not respond to a request for comment. The Town of Catskill is currently suing NY-32-Realty in State Supreme Court in Greene County, alleging that the “defendants continue to occupy and use subject premises, permit others to occupy and use subject premises, and rent and advertise for rent the subject premises, all in violation of state and local Law.” The Town of Catskill says the resort lacks certificates of occupancy and building permits. And the New York State Department of Labor has issued a stop work order because renovations were being made without asbestos remediation. With all that baggage, the property is listed for sale for $10 million. Hannahs said, “While we have yet to make progress with the current owners, we are continuing to search for potential developers and qualified projects.” Read more about this story in Porcupine Soup.