O’Neill Group-Dutton seeks to overturn town’s denial of zoning change
The planners of a large residential and commercial development along the Hudson River have sued the Town of Poughkeepsie, claiming the board used improper, “make-it-up-as-you-go-along” reasoning when it stifled a portion of the project last year.
At issue is the town board’s denial of a zoning change that would have allowed The O’Neill Group-Dutton, LLC, to add another 84 rental apartments to the 300 that have already been green-lighted by the City of Poughkeepsie on property that straddles the city-town line.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday, opens up another potential avenue for the town to incur legal costs in a high-profile case. On March 8, the town board approved a settlement agreement with Bottini Fuel Co. over truck-traffic restrictions in New Hamburg. But a group of New Hamburg residents is seeking to intervene in the federal lawsuit.
Though the town has insurance to cover its legal costs, “the expense of any lawsuit is always an issue,” town Supervisor Jay Baisley said Monday, “because you don’t know how long it is going to drag out or what the ends are…
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