Blooming Grove and Chester
Join Host of New Projects Popping Up Along Growing Rt. 17 Corridor
By Edie Johnson
The Route 17 corridor is expanding in anticipation of travelers on their way to Sullivan’s new Resorts World Catskills Casino, its Water World and possibly Legoland along the way North. Some of these businesses are being welcomed with open arms, while others are under tight scrutiny over environmental, traffic and other code issues.
Blooming Grove – The long-awaited Sleep Inn on Route 208 in South Blooming Grove opened last week. Owners Jerry, Linda and Ciro Gagliardi are celebrating a successful beginning, with 20 weddings already scheduled as well as a meeting of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. The sprawling grounds are carefully landscaped, and aspects of the building process included close attention to environmental details like re-use of some of the forested lumber by furniture makers. The interior has already been referred to more than once as “Simply Stunning”.
Not just a place on the way to other tourist spots, they plan to run a shuttle to Woodbury Commons, and probably other interesting historic and environmental sites along the Schunnemunk Mountain Ridge, and the Appalachian Trail as they head to the Newburgh Waterfront.
The Gagliardi’s, who have also developed several small upscale developments in Blooming Grove, said they hope to be inclusive of community events and to offer a place for friends and family members of local residents to stay. Sleep Inn is at 1 Sleep Inn Way, along Route 208 and just over a mile from the Rt. 208/Rt. 17 Overpass, in the Village of South Blooming Grove https://www.choicehotels.com/new-york/monroe/sleep-inn-hotels/ny661.
With the Sleep Inn ready for business, Blooming Grove’s Planning Board is busy looking at its handful of proposed community solar projects as well as a Hotel/Office Space “pre-submission” proposal made this week on Route 17M near Museum Village Rd. It joins several other business start-ups at a point where traffic has become an issue, with reports of at least 10 accidents. Submittals also include about 5 proposed Community Large Scale Solar Installations which are getting close scrutiny by the public.
Chester – Chester also has a Hotel/Office Space submittal, this one at the intersection of the busy Route 17M/Sugarloaf/Lehigh Ave. Intersection. Also a traffic “hot spot”, there has been a request by the Village of Chester to annex the site which could benefit from its infrastructure advantages of water and sewer.
The Baroda Development, a cluster development along Blackmeadow Rd. is back before the Planning Board and will soon seek final approval after nearly 10 years of designing and redesigning to avoid wetlands and bog turtle habitat. Last month’s presentation included a request by board member Barry Sloan to have the town’s planner take a final look while engineering awaits a final drainage plan.