Thank you for your interest in the community concerns regarding development and how we, as a community, can address them.

If you have any information to share or interests in this project contact me at this issue dedicated email address.

We now have a Facebook page so we can deliver updates or related information. Although we are featuring “The Lodge” issue, there are many other developments that need further scrutiny in town. Perhaps you can bring it to the community’s attention in this forum.

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They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. I think a word begging to surface from these photos is ” exterior”. According to the Lodge and the building inspector, all these modifications can be done under a Stop Work Order. Homeowners take note!

Building Inspector cant keep her fingers off the button…issues certificate of compliance in violation of building code

The stop work order at “The Lodge” has still not been resolved. The town board admitted the building inspector made a mistake in granting a building permit on  March 25th.  Then on May 7th , despite attempts by property owners and the town board to subdue the permitting  process until the stop work order was resolved building inspector Ellen Casciaro pushed her button again and issued a certificate of compliance for for the pool.

Is the building inspector flipping buttons for developers or Woodstock taxpayers?

 On March 18th and March 19th property owners  called building inspector and zoning enforcement officer Ellen Casciaro attention to the town code (260-101) that calls for The Lodge to satisfy the stop work order before any permit can be granted.

The property owners again contacted her the morning she issued the permit, again challenging her decision. So she had 3 opportunities to re-think her erroneous decision.

Building inspector Ellen Casciaro gave “The Lodge” a building permit within days after being challenged 3 times about her decision. 

 On April 4th she let it be known that she can remove a violation with a flip of a button

[Amended 7-3-2013 by L.L. No. 1-2013]
No building permit or certificate of occupancy or use required by this chapter shall be issued by the Zoning Enforcement Officer pertaining to any premises on which there exists a violation of this chapter or any related Town regulation which governs either building construction or the use of land and structures within the Town of Woodstock, unless the building permit or certificate of occupancy or use is necessary to allow for the removal or correction of the violation.

LOCAL PRESS

FROM the WOODSTOCK TIMES 7/26/2019

Selina, new Lodge owners, will seek all proper approvals for renovations

New management of The Lodge from Selina Woodstock, including the president of all Selina operations worldwide, assured the Woodstock planning board Thursday night, July 18, that they would do whatever was asked of them to bring their property into compliance and correct a string of bad building department permits that were vacated by the town zoning board of appeals earlier this month…  READ MORE

FROM the WOODSTOCK TIMES 7/11/2019

Selina seeks to cooperate with Woodstock on former Lodge property

As officials sort out how to proceed with the consideration of permitting for renovations at the former Woodstock Lodge, some neighbors wanted assurances from the Woodstock Town Board that their concerns are being addressed.….READ MORE

FROM the WOODSTOCK TIMES 7/11/2019

Selina, new Lodge owners, will seek all proper approvals for renovations

As officials sort out how to proceed with the consideration of permitting for renovations at the former Woodstock Lodge, some neighbors wanted assurances from the Woodstock Town Board that their concerns are being addressed.….READ MORE

FROM the WOODSTOCK TIMES 7/03/2019

Building permits for former Woodstock Lodge ruled illegal

According to ZBA members, the town supervisor, and the town attorney, the ruling puts ongoing renovation work at Selina Woodstock on Country Club Lane — for which Casciaro granted further permits while the ZBA case was making its decision — in legal limbo, with no one assured of next steps…READ MORE

FROM the WOODSTOCK TIMES 6/08/2019

Zoning unrest in Woodstock

tension appears to be building around the ZBA’s pending interpretations regarding Selina Woodstock’s building permits, and another ZBA interpretation that asks whether the planning board can help mediate a situation involving normally illegal activities in the town’s restrictive scenic overlay district, as well as oversight requests from town supervisor Bill McKenna….READ MORE

FROM the WOODSTOCK TIMES 5/31/2019

Woodstock ZBA defers for now on The Lodge…

Paul Shultis, son of a longstanding former building inspector/ZEO of the same name, has maintained a long list of cases where planners had asked the building department for opinions or information only to be rebuffed by Casciaro, as well as planning board opinions that differed with building department actions on cases involving local bed and breakfasts, tree removal on subdivisions, combined site uses on new commercial buildings, and situations (The Lodge, Silvia’s) where applicants shifted approved plans based on Casciaro’s recommendations…READ MORE

FROM the WOODSTOCK TIMES 5/21/2019

Woodstock ZBA to make Lodge decision on Thursday, May 23

Whether any of this will have stopped work at the property located behind the Woodstock Elementary School is still anyone’s guess, given that no formal stay on the work allowed by the permits in question, as well as more recent ones granted by Woodstock Building Inspector Ellen Casciaro, was still in question as of press time… READ  MORE

FROM the WOODSTOCK TIMES 5/12/2019

Lodge permitting askew in Woodstock

Issues regarding building permits, renovation allowances, pool safety and the transformation of what was known as The Lodge and is now struggling to become Selina Woodstock grew even more complicated this past weekr…READ MORE

LOCAL PRESS

FROM the WOODSTOCK TIMES 5/21/2019

Woodstock ZBA to make Lodge decision on Thursday, May 23

Whether any of this will have stopped work at the property located behind the Woodstock Elementary School is still anyone’s guess, given that no formal stay on the work allowed by the permits in question, as well as more recent ones granted by Woodstock Building Inspector Ellen Casciaro, was still in question as of press time… READ  MORE

FROM the WOODSTOCK TIMES 5/12/2019

Lodge permitting askew in Woodstock

Issues regarding building permits, renovation allowances, pool safety and the transformation of what was known as The Lodge and is now struggling to become Selina Woodstock grew even more complicated this past weekr…READ MORE

FROM the WOODSTOCK TIMES 5/03/2019

Woodstock Town Board wants work on The Lodge halted

The hearing had been called to interpret town zoning laws as they regard building permits granted by town code enforcement officer/building inspector Ellen Casciaro, which a neighbor has claimed (through attorney John Furst) were wrongly granted by ignoring never-formally-rescinded or fixed Orders to Remedy and a Stop Work Order…READ MORE

FROM the WOODSTOCK TIMES 4/19/2019

Does the Lodge at Woodstock have building permits or not?

What could be the community’s next big land use battle has emerged in the past week as news appeared that The Lodge at Woodstock, featured on TV as one of the nation’s worst hotels just five years ago, sold March 13 for $2.8 million to … READ MORE

Is everybody playing by the rules?

My name is Marcel Nagele, a resident and business owner, residing on property contiguous to The Lodge project. I have watched this saga unfold as both the developer and town have engaged in curious business practices that according to the laws and ordinances warrant further investigation.

Development is a red hot topic in Woodstock these days. Woodstock and surrounding areas have always been a destination, but we are fast becoming the investment capital of the Hudson Valley. Magazines and publications tout the beauty and charm of the Catskills but the direction is turning from trees to condos.  If this is to be, perhaps we should take a closer look at how this is to be carried out.
Any Woodstock homeowner knows there are laws and taxes that come along with living here.
But do they apply to everyone?
Let’s aim an eye at some development and see if all is well.

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Let's take a look at The Lodge...

Previously, The Lodge was a 29 room hotel & bar business located at #20 Country Club Lane. It was bought in 2016 by MHS Worldwide Holdings lll, LLC. and they began seeking approvals from the town board. For unknown reasons, the owners discontinued their efforts at gaining planning board approval.

Since that order, the proposal has taken on many new twists and turns enroute to and from the town offices and boards.

Subsequently, non-permitted work commenced. My landlord and I ( I have an interest beyond simple tenacy) engaged a lawyer and after communications with the town got a “stop work order” in place in July of 2018 for their violation of town zoning laws.

It has just been learned that property was flipped for $2.8 million dollars to a hotel enterprise with corporate headquarters in Panama.

Along with its purchase on March 13, 2019 came public announcements it will be open in August ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival.

Within 2 weeks of its sale the property received a building permit before appearing before the planning board.

A total reversed sequence.

How could that happen?

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A look at the documents. Stay tuned there's more!