RE: [FJGRailroad] Sacandaga Park
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>From: Gino's Railpage <fjgrailroad@...>
>Subject: [FJGRailroad] Sacandaga Park
>Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 19:57:20 -0400
>This is from the Hamilton County News...
>Cottage plan being abandoned
>By CRAIG CLARK
>Special to the News
>NORTHAMPTON-Citing rising property taxes hindering the real estate
>market, the developer working on a proposed 15-unit residential
>development in Sacandaga Park here has changed his plans for a series
>of cottages and is now selling off the land.
>'It's basically a change of plans,' said developer Willem Monster,
>owner of the 10-acre plot referred to as Sacandaga Station. 'The
>property taxes are basically destroying market.'
>While Monster says he won't build the cottages as he planned, he
>expects the Sacandaga Station project will still come to fruition much
>as he originally envisioned.
>The property was once owned by Fonda-Johnstown-Gloversville (FJ&G)
>Railroad. The recently restored station building itself, built in 1922
>during the height of Sacandaga Park's 'amusement park period', is
>considered the jewel of the property.
>Monster planned to begin construction on a series of four-season
>cottages this summer with the station as the centerpiece. Eventually
>the development would have included 15 units.
>In recent months his plans brought him before the Northampton Town
>Board seeking an amendment to the zoning law. The council amended the
>law in June, allowing Monster's proposal to proceed as he planned.
>Previously, through some oversight when the law was originally
>crafted, town officials say, Northampton zoning prohibited residential
>structures from being built on Route 30's commercially zoned land.
>Town planners recently discovered the prohibition, prompting the need
>for the amendment for Monster.
>But now Monster said his market research indicates that should he
>construct the cottages they wouldn't sell. He blames a large number of
>homes and cottages around the lake already for sale. The availability
>of older homes would make the sale of his new cottages difficult, he
>'If we built the houses we'd get stuck with them,' Monster said. 'And
>that's what the realtors say-it's a tough sell.'
>He blames unfunded state mandates and the resulting rise in property
>taxes as the reason so many homes are for sale in the area.
>LOTS BEING SOLD
>Monster said he put 10 lots of his Sacandaga Station parcel up for
>sale the last week of June. The lots, including three lakefront
>parcels, vary from a quarter-acre to a half-acre in size.
>Monster said while he's not building the cottages himself he expects
>to influence the construction plans of those who purchase his lots.
>'We want to maintain a cottage style of housing,' he said, adding that
>the summer resort atmosphere Sacandaga Station is known for will be
>Monster said he also intends to pursue businesses wishing to locate in the
>'We're looking at bringing in more businesses,' he said, adding that
>he intends to seek assistance on the business end from Fulton County
>Economic Development Corporation.
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joseph Klapkowski wrote:
> Does anyone know how to reach this guy?