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Neighbors voice concerns about proposed Coxsackie wedding venue

Oct 07, 2020 6:00 am
Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media those living near the site of a proposed wedding and event venue on state Route 385 and Adams Road in Coxsackie are not happy. Russell Barnes and Beth Mickle submitted a plan to use the property, known as The Grange, to host weddings under a temporary tent. The property includes 79 acres of farmland with a historic brick farmhouse and out buildings. The structures will not be demolished, Barnes said. The events would take place under a large tent with portable toilets brought in with catered food brought in. The area is zoned rural residential, Planning Board Chairman William Whitbeck said, noting that under town zoning codes wedding venues are permitted. If approved, the venue would host 10 to 12 weddings a year with 100 to 150 people in attendance at each event, Barnes said. Residents are voicing concerns about noise and music levels during weddings, the number of cars that will be parked on the property and a gravel road built to accommodate golf carts to ferry drivers from their cars to the wedding and back again at the event’s conclusion. Barnes said he is willing to work with neighbors to come to an accord. “We are not a faceless corporation... We bought this property with a different intention and those intentions changed. We are now looking at ways to make this property financially viable,” he said. He declined to specify the original intended use for the property. The farmhouse is currently listed on Airbnb at a rate of $345 per night. The public hearing was kept open and will resume at the November 5 planning board meeting. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.