Growth in Saugerties and Ulster County is not only inevitable, but it is also a good thing — if it is done responsibly. That’s what we can have with the Winston Farm development. The site, more than 800 acres, presents terrific possibilities. Some of the many concepts being explored include homes, businesses, a hotel and more, all right off the Thruway’s Exit 20. That location is important; it makes the site attractive to the tens of thousands who drive by daily.
We all know the real estate adage: Location, location, location. Well, Winston Farm has all three. That’s why the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. identified the site as an ideal location for development.
All we need to do is ensure that the proposal is done right. Fortunately, Winston Farm’s three owners are the right people for that job. They’re local business leaders who have publicly committed to keeping substantial portions of the property in their current natural state. Contrary to misinformation spread by opponents, they also promise to use sustainable building methods.
Most importantly, the owners publicly and repeatedly have committed to working with Saugerties residents and local leaders – to see that, together, we identify uses for the property that benefit all stakeholders.
John A. Eickman
The writer is director of community relations for HITS LLC.