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Proposed Apartment Project Sparks Legal Action

William Stillman, a Town of Newburgh resident concerned about an apartment complex planned near his home, put up signs informing others in the area about his thoughts on the project. (photo by Bob Root)

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William Stillman, a Town of Newburgh resident concerned about an apartment complex planned near his home, put up signs informing others in the area about his thoughts on the project. (photo by Bob Root)

By Mark Gerlach 

A petition was filed with the state Supreme Court in Orange County on June 20 pertaining to a project called Gardnertown Commons, located in the Town of Newburgh’s Pine Brook neighborhood.

Area resident William Stillman, 58, of the Town of Newburgh is behind the petition, which was filed on the last day of the statute of limitations following a negative declaration re-approved by the town’s planning board at a May 19 meeting. The decision green lights a negative declaration originally approved in 2006. A negative declaration is a document that states a proposed project wouldn’t significantly impact the surrounding land.

The project has changed over the past decade, the petition states. It has transformed from a plan of 104 condominiums to 164 apartment units at the corner of Gardnertown and Creek Run roads on approximately 19.77 acres.

The petition was served to the town’s planning board, property owners Three Kidds Newburgh LLC and construction company Farrell Building Company, both based in Long Island.

Concerns include traffic congestion, quality of life issues, wildlife and wetlands dangers, and changing the area’s identity, which is largely single-family homes.

Stillman is represented by New Paltz attorney James Bacon.

 

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