LEO KOENIG’S PRELIMINARY PLAN TO OPEN 11 DELAWARE AVE. GALLERIES AND CAFÉ/PIZZA THREE RETIREES OF THE PLANNING BOARD HONORED FOR THEIR YEARS OF SERVICE — June 2024

Planning Board Meeting, Andes, NY. May 13, 2024

By Peter Calvert

Planning Board: Harlan Dye, Chair; Bill Palmer, Frank Winkler, Cricket Keys, Eric Van Benschoten, (Absent: Joanne Callahan) Support Staff: Kent Manuel, DelCo, Al Mohr, CEO, Joanne Boerner, Clerk. Public: Rob De Oude, Scott Seidenstock, Victor Fairbairn, Peter Calvert.

Before the meeting, retired Planning Board members John Reynolds, Art Reed, and Jim Darling were honored for their years of service. Rob De Oude’s proposal for two minor Boundary Line Adjustments on Main Street conveys land from plots owned by neighbors John Andrews and Leo Koenig to be attached to the edge of De Oude’s property for his construction of a garage for an art studio structure. Neighbors are amenable to reduced setbacks and the Planning Board had no objections to the proposal. Two Boundary Adjustments approved. Demo permit required to take down existing garage and a Public Hearing set June 10, 2024.

Rob De Oude also presented, on Leo Koenig’s behalf, a preliminary look at a future special use permit request for 11 Delaware Ave. Building is currently undergoing gut-rehab construction and the plan is to create large open galleries on 1st and 2nd floors,  a café/pizza restaurant on the school side of the first floor accessible to an outdoor deck ten feet wide. Questions as to how the deck would affect the current parking lot shared by both the 11 and 27 Delaware Ave enterprises were raised. Diagonal parking was suggested as a solution. The proximity to the Andes Central School was an issue to examine if alcohol is served on and/or carried out to the deck. Owners will review the State alcohol distance requirements as beer and wine are currently eyed for the menu. Flood plain questions came up as the basement will contain prep kitchens. French drains being installed during construction around the building may mitigate those water seepage issues from the nearby creek. Mr. De Oude invited the Planning Board to a walk-through of the construction site next month to better understand the proposal. They accepted.

Scott Seidentstock owns 35 acres on Canada Hollow and wishes to do a boundary line adjustment/minor subdivision and sell 22 of the acres to  NYC via the DEP. Land is currently adjacent to other DEP lands and the question is how to manage the required 300 feet of road frontage for his remaining parcel and the portion for sale. It was determined he has 900+ road frontage and he will need to draw the proposed boundaries to reflect adequate road access to the parcels and return to the Planning Board.

Surveyor Vic Fairbairn represented Jordine Levine who would like to purchase a 75-acre portion of a 150-acre Ed Bacon property on Shaver Hollow Road just above the Tremperskill outlet into the Pepacton Reservoir. The Board determined Levine needed only to pay to survey the portion being purchased, not survey both halves of the 150 acres. ~