NEW WINDSOR — Residents opposed to a plan to build warehouses in their neighborhood, including some who say they were not notified of a public hearing last fall, tried to make their objections heard Wednesday night.
Stewart Hill Industrial Park — five warehouses totaling 498,000 square feet — was on the town Planning Board agenda for further discussion and review.
Most of the crowd of more than 100 at the meeting indicated they came for Stewart Hill, and chairman Jerry Agenio applauded them “for participating in the process.” But he would not allow anyone to speak because the public hearing was over. When resident Ronald Eaton of Toleman Road tried to present a petition and letter, Argenio told him to bring them to Town Hall and they will be made part of the project file.
Argenio also had a town police lieutenant called to the meeting room when residents continued to shout questions and objections, but nobody was removed.
When the discussion proceeded, it eventually became clear the board needs more information before it can make any decisions.
Stewart Hill would be built on nearly 120 acres on the southeast corner of Route 207 and Toleman Road. The area is zoned for office and light industry use. But resident Bill McCracken said the town code says warehouses can be combined with offices only if they are “incidental to the main purpose of the business.”
In McCracken’s view, that disqualifies the Stewart Hill proposal.
Joseph Pfau, the engineer for the project, asked if the board could at least grant site plan approval Wednesday night.
But board consultants said they are still waiting for the state Department of Transportation to say whether a change in the degree of a curve on 207 is needed, among other things. The state Department of Environmental Conservation also needs to weigh in on some issues.
And until those things happen, the board cannot complete environmental review or grant site plan approval, consulting engineer Mark Edsall said.