Angry residents hijacked a board meeting to protest a “giant gas station” set to be built at one of the Hudson Valley’s busiest traffic lights.
Upset residents showed up at Wappinger’s planning council meeting this week to protest a new gas station being built on Route 9D across from Nesting Dolls.
In March, the Hudson Valley Post reported that a large gas station, convenience store, liquor store and apartments were to be built in the hamlet of Hughsonville.
Gasland Petroleum hopes to place a gas station at the corner of route 9D and the new Hamburg route, one of the most congested traffic lights in the region.
The response at the gas station has been mixed. Some residents are concerned that new businesses will no longer add cars to the already congested intersection.
A Change.org petition calls on officials to stop the project.
“The proposed gas station project at the corner of 9D and New Hamburg Rd in the historic hamlet of Hughsonville raises serious environmental, economic and quality of life issues that will not only have a negative impact on Hughsonville, but will demonstrate it without the full restoration of zoning code 240-52, this type of destructive development can occur in any neighborhood in the town of Wappinger, ”the petition states.
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There is an organic farm near the site of the proposed gas station. Many of the houses and buildings surrounding the gas station date from the 18th and mid-19th centuries, according to the petition. 336 people signed the petition. According to the petition, concerns about the project include:
- Contamination of residential well water from pump gas spillage and storm water runoff, as well as potential leaks from large underground gas, diesel and gas septic tanks.
- Construction not in accordance with the environmental, historical and community characteristics of the region
- Increased traffic and congestion on 9D
- Safety concerns for vehicles and pedestrians entering and exiting the gas station on what will be an even busier intersection
- Noise and light pollution
- Health impact on residents
- Concerns for the health and safety of children at bus stops in areas and along bus routes that pass through the area
John Bohuniek, Dutchess County Legislature candidate in District 15, called on residents to attend Monday’s planning council meeting to “support Hughsonville.”
“The historical, environmental and community characteristics of an area are economic assets that benefit both businesses and residents. They must be protected and maintained, not destroyed,” Bohuniek wrote on Facebook.
Monday’s planning board meeting was not open for public comment. Public hearings for proposed gas stations have taken place in the past, according to members of the planning board.
However, angry residents showed up to protest the “giant gas station”. The voice residents brought signs with them and chanted “NO! »Delay the meeting for a while.
You can check out the protests during the meeting in the video below. The demonstration begins around ten minutes.
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