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Craryville gas station closer to approval

Jun 09, 2019 11:45 pm
Amanda Purcell reports for Columbia-Greene Media that while the public comment period remains open, the Copake Planning Board keeps moving forward with the application to put a gas station in Craryville, where a grocery store used to be at the intersection of Route 7 and Route 23. GRJH, of Millerton, wants to put the gas station on the 1.7-acre parcel while a residents group called Save Craryville has attempted to stop the proposal. The state Department of Transportation has said it will not install a traffic light at the intersection. “We can’t tell them to put up a traffic light,” Planning Board Chairman Robert Haight said. “Their engineers looked the thing over and made a decision. As far as we’re concerned, we’re all done with the traffic.” Haight said that the stormwater prevention plan is being revised and is up to the Department of Environmental Conservation, and there is no stream or wetlands on the property. The special use permit for the GRJH gas station has not expired yet, Planning Board Attorney Ken Dow said. Nearby resident Matthew Rogers stormed out of the meeting after "he lobbed obscenities at the board" and promised to sue the board if any contaminants from the gas station were not found in his water. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.