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Golf course hotel gets green light

Charles Kuehn’s rendering of the Greens Suites Hotel in Catskill.
August 14, 2019 05:35 pm

CATSKILL — Town planners unanimously approved a $10 million four-story hotel and resort for Brooks Lane in Jefferson Heights on Tuesday night.

Green Suites Resort will feature 48 suites for golfers and other visitors to the region. In the winter months, the resort will run a shuttle to Windham Mountain for winter sports enthusiasts.

The town planning board approved a special-use permit for Catskill Golf Course owner David Vipler with 14 conditions to address concerns regarding traffic and parking that residents aired at a July 11 public hearing.

“There will be no-parking signs on both sides of Brooks Lane,” Town Planning Board Chairman Joseph Izzo said Wednesday. A blind-hill sign will be added at the crest of the road and parking barriers will be considered at certain spots.

There will be an event space in the hotel for weddings and conferences, Vipler said in July.

“It’s going to be an amenity hotel,” Vipler said. “And the amenity is not just golf. It’s going to be a pool, it’s going to be wiffle ball and possibly a tennis court.”

The planning board’s resolution requires the resort to have safe, convenient and adequate access for both vehicles and pedestrians.

Parking needs are also addressed.

“There is adequate off-street parking and loading areas which are properly located on the lot so as to provide safe and convenient circulation,” according to the condition set forth in the resolution.

Other concerns regarding water pressure along Brooks Lane will be addressed as part of the construction of the project.

Vipler applied for an $8.2 million grant from Empire State Development but will pay the $179,500 out of pocket to put in 1,920 feet of new water lines if he does not receive the grant. The new water line will benefit 52 homes, Vipler said.

The new water line is a condition of the project’s special-use permit. A fire hydrant also needs to be relocated from the south entrance to the north entrance as requested by the fire department.

The project will also require a soil erosion and sediment plan and a utility plan, which will be submitted to the Code Enforcement Officer. A state Department of Health food service permit is also required, according to the resolution.

“We plan on breaking ground in the spring and anticipate 15 to 20 months of construction,” Vipler said Wednesday.

The project will be completed using panelized or pre-built construction, so the process should go quickly, Vipler said.

“We are very excited,” Vipler said. “It’s been almost two years planning the project. We’re very pleased and look forward to getting this done as soon as possible.”

How much of this nice project is funded by a grant, $8.2 million - $179,500? Wow!