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Ancram, Kinderhook 'glamping' projects go away

Dec 27, 2022 12:32 pm

Diane Valden reports in The Columbia Paper that opponents of the “glamping” proposal at Ancram's Iron Star Retreat Center are celebrating as the applicants have asked the Planning Board to withdraw their application without prejudice with a Dec. 13 letter. Taylor M. Palmer, an attorney with Cuddy + Feder LLP, representing the applicants, would only say, “Our client does not have any further comment at this time.” The Planning Board had been talking about the project, on 146 acres, since December 2021. The proposal originally included a five guestroom inn, the development of four separate lodging cottages for overnight accommodations, including three separate buildings for associated recreational support uses on the east side of the property. Nearby residents raised concerns about water and electric usage, traffic, loss of community character, loss of affordable housing, financial viability, noise, light pollution, and impacts on wildlife. Some residents event formed Rural Ancram to oppose the project that they claimed, “would permanently change the rural character of Ancram.” The proposal changed to please the opposition, who did not like the smaller version either. Meanwhile in Kinderhook, a similar story played out. The Sun Communities/Sun Uncharted Kinderhook Resort plan for 58 Orinsekwa Road in Niverville, another "glamping" proposal is going away, according to the minutes of the November meeting of the Town of Kinderhook Planning Board. Read more about this story in The Columbia Paper.

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