Booming Beacon

By Jeff Simms

Five years after its first approval, the 248 Tioronda development project returns to the Planning Board next week seeking new approvals. Here are updates on that development and 12 other Beacon housing projects.

248 Tioronda Ave.

Planning Board approval: 2014 (initial)
Number of units: 64 rental units (reduced from 100 after a zoning law change), plus commercial space
Variances: None requested for latest design
What’s next: Developers have presented conceptual plans to the City Council and Planning Board. The latter’s review begins Feb. 13.

West End Lofts

Planning Board approval: 2017
Number of units: 97 rental units
Variances: None. The building, which will include 22 below-market-rate apartments and 50 artists’ spaces, was granted tax exemptions by the city as a requirement of receiving $4.5 million from the state Homes and Community Renewal agency. Last year the developers agreed to make voluntary payments to the city beginning at $170,000 annually in lieu of property taxes.
What’s next: Construction is scheduled to be completed by September. Eleven of the units are designed to accommodate tenants with physical disabilities or traumatic brain injuries.

226 Main St.

Planning Board approval: 2017
Number of units: 8 rental units on three floors over retail
Variances: The Zoning Board of Appeals allowed a 10-foot (rather than 25) rear setback and waived on-street parking requirements. Dutchess County agreed to lease the developer eight spaces for overnight parking in a lot across the street. The developer will also add parking by re-striping the municipal parking lot next to 208 Main St., re-striping parallel spaces on Main Street and striping three parallel spaces on the east side of North Elm Street.
What’s next: Construction is ongoing. The facade will be modeled after the Holland Hotel, which stood across the street a century ago.

The 226 Main (left) and 249 Main developments (Photo by Robert Maddox)

249 Main St.

Planning Board approval: 2016
Number of units: 28 rental units on three floors over retail
Variances: The Zoning Board of Appeals allowed a 10-foot (rather than 25) rear setback, a reduction in landscaped area from 10 percent to 3 percent, and a side street parking area with no setback or landscaping. The Planning Board also has granted the developer a waiver for 25 of the 54 required parking spaces.
What’s next: Construction is ongoing.

The View

The View

Planning Board approval: 2016
Number of units: 42 condos
Variances: The Zoning Board of Appeals allowed the developer a zero, rather than 15-foot, stepback for an elevator shaft.
What’s next: An online listing for the development, at 30 Beekman St., shows no available units, although two condos will soon be offered for sale through the city’s workforce affordable housing program for $192,760 and $275,462.

23-28 Creek Dr.

Planning Board approval: Pending
Number of units: 9 rental units plus 14,000 square feet of commercial space
Variances: The developers say they plan to request variances to exceed the maximum height and stories allowed and to exceed the maximum area for two of the units.
What’s next: The Planning Board was scheduled to begin reviewing the project in January but it was pulled from the agenda.

A rendering of part of Edgewater

Edgewater

Planning Board approval: 2018
Number of units: 246 rental units
Variances: The Zoning Board of Appeals allowed the developer to have more stories per building, more units per building and less space between buildings.
What’s next: Construction is expected to begin this spring.

Ferry Landing at Beacon

Planning Board approval: Pending
Number of units: 6 townhouses
Variances: None requested
What’s next: The proposal to build six four-story townhouses on the half-acre “Welcome to Beacon” site across from the Metro-North station was introduced to the Planning Board in mid-2018, and a public hearing has been held. The project has been listed as “adjourned” (pending) on the Planning Board’s agenda each month since.

The Lofts at Beacon

Planning Board approval: 2016
Number of units: 172 rental units
Variances: The Zoning Board of Appeals allowed the developer to construct a new building with a height of 66 feet, rather than the 35 permitted.
What’s next: The Planning Board in December approved the developer’s request to remove commercial space from the project, which is also known as The Hip Lofts, and instead add 29 more units. About 80 units have been completed.

344 Main St.

344 Main St.

Planning Board approval: 2016
Number of units: 24 rental units on three floors over retail
Variances: The Zoning Board of Appeals allowed the developer to have no rear yard setback, rather than the normal 25 feet, and to have less than 2 percent landscaping where 10 percent is required.
What’s next: The city says one- and two-bedrooms will soon be available for the workforce affordable housing program, with rents starting at $1,508 per month. A number of two-bedroom market-rate apartments are available with rents starting at $2,500.

7 Creek Dr.

Planning Board approval: 2016
Number of units: 46 rental units
Variances: None
What’s next: Rents range from $1,900 to $2,750 per month. The city says studio and one-bedrooms will soon be available through the workforce affordable housing program beginning at $1,508 per month.

River Ridge

Planning Board approval: 2018
Number of units: 18 townhouses
Variances: The Zoning Board of Appeals allowed the developers to have 19 feet (rather than 70) between buildings.
What’s next: The developer has submitted a $260,000 bond to the city that guarantees the completion of all public improvements at the site, known as Parcel L.

445 Main St.

445 Main St.

Planning Board approval: 2016
Number of units: 30 rental units above the Beacon Theater
Variances: None
What’s next: So far at least three units are available, ranging from a $1,700 studio to a $2,800 two-bedroom.

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4 Responses to "Booming Beacon"

  1. Roxanne Meyer   February 8, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    All this overdevelopment is ridiculous! It drove me out of my hometown. How many apartments and condos do you need? Who will buy or rent them with the prices so high? Will never understand how and why all these projects were approved.

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  2. Lillian Rosengarten   February 8, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    I feel very sad that the Beacon I loved no longer exists. The prices are incredibly high and the town has lost its quirky, lovely mix of people to become a wealthy, dull, overcrowded and overblown place. Why did this happen? There is no vision of beauty but greed took over once again.

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  3. Charles Symon   February 9, 2019 at 6:57 am

    It looks like all the planning over the years is finally paying off. More and more run-down properties are being purchased and renovated, along with the new buildings Beacon property values are finally increasing and the city is looking good.

    There will always be people who complain the prices are too high, but at least the people that took the gamble years ago in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s are finally reaping the benefits of their investments. Living here for over 40 years I do believe the change is for the better, and sure more traffic, more congestion and new issues come along with the changes, but at least Beacon seems to be moving to a higher class of life.

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  4. Kelly Ellenwood   February 9, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    People are interested in moving to Beacon, and up until this development happened, there was nowhere for them to move to. At one point, Beacon had a less than 1 percent vacancy rate. Prices rose. Supply and demand. Now, with more places to live, prices should stabilize, at least through the next economic cycle. Beacon is better than ever! It’s still lovely, quirky and awesome; and now there will be tax income to fix infrastructure and to bring Beacon up to speed. There is now a possibility of economic development and good paying jobs. I’m optimistic. I love living here; I love our community. Overall, I believe that there is a lot more positive than negative generated by the development detailed in this article.

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