Zoning & Land Use

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DOT Plans for Congress St. (Route 2) Improvements

  • Congress Street continues to be one lane until very close to Brunswick Ave. where a turn lane has been added. The apartments at #550-554 where tenants are currently parking up on the sidewalk have had parking added in front of them.
  • At the intersection of Congress St., Pawling Ave., and Brunswick Ave. a traffic circle has been added.
    • The billboard currently in this area will be removed and replaced with a retaining wall.
  • The road improvements continue up Brunswick Rd. slightly past Norell Health Care.
  • The road improvements continue up Pawling Ave. slightly past Linden Ave.
  • No trees are shown on these early schematic plans but this is likely to change with the final drawings.

These plans show positive changes for the character of the neighborhood. This work will cause a period of upheaval along the street but in the end the changes should be positive and may help to draw new businesses and new people to the area.

State/National Register Listed Buildings/Areas

The Poesten Kill Gorge Conservation Area appears to be the only National Register Listed Area within the project boundaries. There are portions of the conservation area that overlap our project area. These are the area behind the Polytech Apartments and the Hudson Valley Travel Agency up to the Cookie Factory and the Upper Mill Dam that is just below the bridge across the gorge a Pawling Ave.

The dam was constructed in 1919 to replace the earlier one built about 1850. It was used to control the flow of water to the downstream industries. The survey of this area was performed in 1977 and some of the structures that were extant at that time are no longer extant. A portion of the Kellogg Machine Wire Mill still stands and the Troy File works is now the Cookie Factory and is in use as a bakery. This appears to be the only extant building which is still in good shape.

 

 

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