Amendment lowering eligibility age of residents for proposed Kingston Meadows senior housing project OK’d by city Planning Board – The Daily Freeman

KINGSTON, N.Y. — The proposed Kingston Meadows senior housing project will be for individuals age 55 and older, city planners have agreed.

During an online meeting Monday, Oct. 18, the city Planning Board adopted a resolution amending a previous determination it had made regarding the environmental significance of the proposed senior housing complex. The only change to the Jan. 14, 2013, decision was to clarify that the housing would be for individuals age 55 and older, rather than 62 and older.

According to the resolution, the Planning Board confirmed that senior housing for the project is defined “as housing for individuals 55 or older, rather than 62 or older” and that the amendment would not, by itself, change the prior determination that the project would have no significant negative environmental impacts under the state Environmental Quality Review Act. The amendment would also not “increase the size of the applicant’s project, the number of units, or any other factor that the Planning Board has already considered in its environmental review and determination.”

The resolution was adopted with little discussion.

City Planner Suzanne Cahill said legal counsel for the applicant, Hudson Valley Housing Development Fund Co., submitted information to Kingston’s corporation counsel requesting the amendment and arguing it would not reopen the Environmental Quality Review process at this time. She said corporation counsel reviewed that submission and accepted it, leading to the resolution considered by the Planning Board.

Attorney Javid Afzali previously told Planning Board members that the amendment was needed so the applicant could represent to potential funding sources that the housing could be used for individuals 55 and older instead of the 62 and older included in the previous determination.

Kingston Meadows is a proposed 60-unit senior housing project planned for property behind the Best Western Plus hotel on Washington Avenue with access from Hurley Avenue. The project, proposed by Hudson Valley Housing Development Fund Co., has been before the city Planning Board since at least 2011.

The project would have 58 one-bedroom apartments and two two-bedroom units.