VILLAGE OF MONTGOMERY- A proposal for a nearly 500,000-square-foot warehouse project has prompted the village to consider temporarily halting industrial development. This would be the largest of several warehouses in the village.
KSH Route 211 Development LLC, a Cornwall-based company, proposed to build a commercial development, including two warehouses and two 2-story office buildings on a 33.75-acre land on the northwest side of Route 211.
The proposal made its debut in September 2019.
The site is bounded by farmland and the Orange County Airport to the south and west respectively. Although the entire property is located within an industrial park zone, right across from the street stand more than a dozen residential homes at the corner of Chandler Lane and Union Street. What makes it more nerve-racking, residents say, is that Medline’s proposed massive warehouse would be built less than a mile away.
Mayor Stephen Brescia said the size and potential impact of the project has scared people. The Village Board members are concerned the potential traffic and noise from this new project would affect the quiet lifestyle in the village.
“It would have more impact on the village than Medline’s project,” said Brescia.
The site is currently covered with vegetation and consists of approximately 26.2 acres of woods, 2.5 acres of meadows and 4.14 acres of wetlands. According to the project application, the topography generally slopes toward the low-lying area of the site where the wetlands are located on the northern and eastern sides, which slope gradually toward the Wallkill River.
The developer is seeking approvals on a site plan, a special exception use permit, zoning variances and subdivision.
To evaluate the impact and overall zoning in the village, the Village Board is considering imposing a six-month moratorium geared toward development on industrial zones at a board meeting on Tuesday. A draft of the local law will be released March 17.