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Affordable housing proposed in Coxsackie

Jun 15, 2022 2:03 pm

Andrea Macko reports in Porcupine Soup that during the current Hudson Valley housing crisis, few affordable housing projects are being proposed locally, but one development is back on the table in Coxsackie. UMH Properties, Inc. recently filed a new site plan application for Mountainview Estates, a 360-unit manufactured home community on what was once farmland off Van Dyke Street that the company, based in Freehold, NJ, purchased in 2005. Local opposition has stimied previous plans for affordable housing there. UMH filed a federal lawsuit against the Village in 2018 that complained that "residents of the Village of Coxsackie mounted a full-scale campaign in opposition to the development.” The Village of Coxsackie settled that lawsuit by paying $275,000 in damages, attorney’s fees, and costs, and allowing a new application for the development to move forward. The new proposal would put 360 homes on 99 acres with a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse, multiple playgrounds, basketball courts, a boat and trailer storage area, multiple trails for pedestrians and horses and 85 acres of “habitat reserve area.” If the project is eventually approved if approved, UMH officials guess it will be completed in seven phases over the course of the next 10 years. Read more about this story in Porcupine Soup.

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