Wappinger residents protest against gas station in historic Hughsonville
Angry local residents hijacked a board meeting to protest a “giant gas station” being built on one of the most crowded lights in the Hudson Valley.
Disgruntled local residents showed up at the Wappinger Planning Board 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, grocery store, liquor store, and apartments would be built in the hamlet of Hughsonville.
Gasland Petroleum is hoping to build a gas station on the corner of Route 9D and Neue Hamburger Strasse, one of the most overcrowded traffic lights in the region.
The reaction at the gas station is mixed. Some residents fear that new companies will add more cars to the already congested intersection.
A petition from Change.org tells officials to stop the project.
“The proposed gas station project on the corner of 9D and New Hamburg Road in the historic hamlet of Hughsonville raises serious environmental, economic and quality of life concerns that will not only negatively impact Hughsonville, but will also show that without full restoration of the Zoning Code “240-52 such a destructive development can happen in any neighborhood in the city of Wappinger,” the petition said.
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There is an organic farm near the planned petrol station area. According to the petition, many of the houses and buildings around the gas station date from the 18th and mid-19th centuries. 336 people signed the petition. According to the petition, the concerns about the project are:
- Well water pollution from gas leaks at pumps and rainwater runoff as well as potential leaks from the large underground gas, diesel and septic tanks
- Build in accordance with the ecological, historical and community characteristics of the region
- Increased traffic and congestion on 9D
- Safety issues for vehicles and pedestrians entering and exiting the gas station at an even busier intersection
- Noise and light pollution
- Health effects on residents in the area
- Child health and safety concerns at bus stops in the areas and along bus routes that run through the area
John Bohuniek, who is running for Dutchess County MP in District 15, urged residents to attend Monday’s planning committee meeting to “support Hughsonville.”
“The historical, environmental and community characteristics of an area are economic assets that benefit businesses and residents alike. They need to be protected and cared for and not destroyed, ”Bohuniek wrote on Facebook.
The planning committee meeting on Monday was not open to public comment. According to information from members of the planning committee, public hearings about the planned filling stations have taken place in the past.
But angry residents showed themselves to protest against the “giant gas station”. Vocal residents brought signs shouting “NO!” holds out the meeting for some time.
You can watch the protests at the gathering in the video below. The protest begins at the 10-minute mark.
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