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Opus 40, Fite House reach agreement; separating fence can now come down

Aug 20, 2021 5:45 am

William J. Kemble is reporting for the Daily Freeman Opus 40 directors along with the owners of the Fite House have reached an agreement to keep lodging visitors off of the historic massive bluestone structure in Saugerties. The pact means that the 400-foot long temporary fence erected between the properties could be taken down as early as this week, said Opus 40 Executive Director Caroline Crumpacker. “It’s an agreement that Fite House won’t have anymore camping or parties and that anyone who stays there who’s not part of the Richards family will sign an agreement stating they know where the property boundaries are,” she said. Fite House sits on 1.7 acres and is surrounded by the 14.1-acre Opus 40 property. Fite House is owned by James and Patricia Richards, but commercial operations are being handled by their grandson, Arick Manocha, who is also running for a seat on the Ulster County Legislature. Fite House was the home of the late Opus 40 sculptor Harvey Fite. Opus 40 officials and its neighbors have objected to the property being used for parties, as Airbnb short-term rentals and camping. The fence was erected in May after late-night visitors from the Fite House trespassed onto the Opus 40 walkway. Crumpacker credited Saugerties town Supervisor Fred Costello with mediating the agreement. “The town will be making sure that the agreement is upheld,” she said. “That takes Opus 40 out of the role of policing things." Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

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