Request for proposed City of Ulster vehicle storage site comes back to Planning Council – Daily Freeman
CITY OF ULSTER, NY – City Council has suspended a public hearing on the proposed Moe’s Motor Cars vehicle storage site at 454 Hurley Ave. until the planning council reviews the recommendations for a shorter fence.
The decision was taken before the session scheduled for Thursday, January 6. Supervisor James Quigley said city council members wanted planners to give more thought to the comments from the Ulster County Planning Department.
“(Moe’s Motor Cars) was not done with the Planning Board,” he said. “The project went to the county for comment and then came back. “
The county’s comments were sent to 22 people, including members of city council, on December 8, but were not on documents considered by the planning council at its meeting on Tuesday, December 14. The city council’s public hearing was opened on December 16 without reference to the county’s recommendations.
In the letter, the county’s senior planner, Robert Leibowitz, wrote that the applicant Mohammad Waheed had not provided enough information on the site selection.
“The applicant has not sufficiently demonstrated the advantage of an 8 foot fence over a 6 foot fence in the material provided,” he wrote. “The use of native shrubs and / or street trees along the front of the site in combination with a 6 foot fence and visual lighting would address safety concerns while also serving to visually enhance the site. site, “Leibowitz wrote. “A detailed landscaping plan should be provided as part of the site plan review. “
Under the application, the 205-foot by 216.9-foot lot would be used to store vehicles to be viewed by potential buyers after making an appointment. Waheed said in a telephone interview that there would be no unplanned public tours of the property.
Concerns during last month’s public hearing included objections that the use may not be in keeping with the nature of the area. The plot, which has a foundation cleared from a former gas station and convenience store that was destroyed in a fire, is adjacent to the Good Shepard Evangelical Church and separate from the former John A. Coleman by a vacant lot. It is also across from Cross Point Fellowship.
Several residents feared that Waheed’s vague response to questions at the town planning council session and the hand-drawn site plan submissions were an indication that the company would be a deterrent to the area.
Waheed, who during the phone interview did not have an estimate of how many vehicles would be stored at the site, said use would be an improvement for the neighborhood.
“When you walk past (the site) you see a dead high school and you see dead property,” he said. “My idea is going to wake up this little… part of the road, and not in a negative way.”