Michael Bruno’s Tuxedo Hudson Co. wins Mid-Hudson Economic Development grant for Sloatsburg/Tuxedo revitalization effort

Posted on 21 December 2016 by Editor

The Tuxedo Hudson Company was recently awarded a $750,000 Mid-Hudson Economic Development grant for its proposed Tuxedo/Sloatsburg revitalization effort that includes demolishing the old Tuxedo Inn building and a complete renovation of the former IGA into office space and a restaurant.

The Tuxedo Hudson Company was recently awarded a $750,000 Mid-Hudson Economic Development Council grant for its proposed Tuxedo/Sloatsburg revitalization effort that includes demolishing the old Tuxedo Inn building and a complete renovation of the former IGA into office space and a restaurant.

Sometimes progress can appear in the smaller details. This holiday season Sloatsburg and Tuxedo have vibrant light displays along Route 17 going through the center of the communities. Tuxedo’s old IGA building (now undergoing a complete makeover) is especially decorated, all compliments of the Tuxedo Hudson Company.

Installation of holiday lights in downtown Tuxedo, NY, by the Tuxedo Hudson Company.

Installation of holiday lights in downtown Tuxedo, NY, by the Tuxedo Hudson Company.

The display of holiday cheer works in tandem with the outstanding traditional spirit seen throughout residential holiday displays, and also says something about the THC effort — that it’s alive and moving along.

THC’s proposed Tuxedo/Sloatsburg revitalization project was recently awarded a Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council grant of $750,000 (half of the some $1.5 million requested), some of which will go toward completion of the IGA build-out. The award also recognizes Tuxedo Hudson’s Michael Bruno’s significant investment in the Orange and Rockland corridor.

The Mid-Hudson Council regional theme for submissions for 2016 was “A Renewed Vitality.”

tuxedo-hudson-projectiiOut of a total of $83 million in grants award by the MHEC awards, some $3 million dollars was given to Rockland County projects through the Mid-Hudson Council, with some $83 million awarded throughout the entire region, which covers the entire Hudson Valley area, inclduing Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess, Ultster, and Sullivan counties.

“Our vision of the county as a place where businesses thrive and residents enjoy top-rate services and access to the arts and recreational opportunities has been recognized,” said Rockland County Executive Ed Day in a statement about the grant award. “Funding these worthwhile projects will help create jobs and boost our economy.”

Work and Play icons from the Mid Hudson Economic Development Council's 2016 progress report that advocates and rewards economic investments in the Mid Hudson valley counties via the NY state development grant process.

Work and Play icons from the Mid Hudson Economic Development Council’s 2016 progress report that advocates and rewards economic investments in the Mid Hudson valley counties via the NY state development grant process.

Tuxedo Hudson’s proposed revitalization project through the Tuxedo/Sloatsburg corridor has already seen Sloatsburg’s former Blue Barn property transformed into a weekend farm stand, with its future planned as possibly part of a bed and breakfast campus that houses a coffee house, restaurant and bike rental.

Work and Play icons from the Mid Hudson Economic Development Council's 2016 progress report that advocates and rewards economic investments in the Mid Hudson valley counties via the NY state development grant process.

The plan for downtown Tuxedo involves the proposed demolition of the former Tuxedo Inn, a popular town meeting spot, the construction of a new pub and grill style restaurant and modern market at the old IGA building that may also include a basement pool hall/bar and 2nd floor conference rooms.

The THC proposal will also promote landscaping improvements throughout the Tuxedo downtown area adjacent to its properties.

The whole Tuxedo Hudson effort along the Tuxedo/Sloatsburg Rt. 17 corridor is rooted in the idea of revitalizing the area via food and park adventure, which is being done by creating overnight accommodations and restaurants — builders often cite the mantra that people follow food.

Currently, the Tuxedo Hudson Company is renovating a parcel of property in Sloatsburg known as the Waldron Houses. The renovation is focused on getting to the bones of the homes and undoing years of patch work and returning the homes to close to original structures.

There is no THC presentation on the calendar at this time for either the Tuxedo or Sloatsburg Planning Boards related to the company’s overall plan for each individual municipality.

Michael Bruno also envisions Sloatsburg as an eventual biker destination, where visitors from the greater New York City region might come to access Harriman and Sterling Forest State Parks.

 

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Anne Nissen Says:

    On many Saturday and Sunday mornings during the spring, summer, and fall, 10 to 20 people get off the Port Jervis train around 10:15 AM to go hiking, and look around the forlorn train station, wondering how to get to Harriman State Park–and not finding anything there to help them at all. Welcoming signage with maps to outdoor activities and places to eat and drink would be very helpful. It’s certainly a tradition to hike, then sit down and have a beer or two.

  2. John Kwasnicki Says:

    Its to my understanding that the Bruno World has NO permits and there is a building Moratorium in place in the Town of Tuxedo while the Town of Tuxedo updates their Comprehensive Plan and the same AICP planner has No NYS Civil service License as a NYS Planner…This the very same APA-AICP planner that prepared the Sloatsburg Comprehensive plan and Zoning Code in 2007…Sloatsburg is still a planning mess as to change, like where is the Veteran Senior Citizen Housing in Sloatsburg for the REAl first Responder’s ?
    Same AICP planner is preparing the Town of Monroe Comprehensive Plan in 2016.
    This Master Plans have no answers as to where the new population will go for Hospital Heath Care like the flooding to the Good Samaritan Hospital the is now ER room not be enough for todays people…Will the Bruno World help rebuilding Good Samaritan Hospital or Have Tuxedo Farm build a new public Hospital that will have a Veteran wing with VA service? NO!

  3. E Smith Says:

    Mr. K – I suggest you look around Sloatsburg. I grant you, some problems in this village surely come from ill-conceived zoning and discriminatory enforcement. However, MB’s THC is not adding to the zoning mess…he’s helping reverse it! How many zoning and housing violations do you think were present at the Waldren houses along Rt. 17 while they were cut up into an absurd number of “apartments”? What about the dangerous abandoned houses along 17 north of the village? I fear you’re missing the forest for the trees. THC investments in some of the worst most nonconforming properties in this village are a net positive in terms of zoning compliance.
    Mr. K your characteristically virtually incomprehensible ramblings about a “grand” zoning conspiracy aren’t moving the ball forward. In Ramapo, we are obviously acutely aware of the painful costs of zoning abuse. However, lets focus on REAL abuse.
    As we enter 2017, the comprehensive plan is not the most critical factor impacting the quality of life in this village. It’s the economy! The center of the village is blighted and this has a negative impact on our quality of life, property values, safety etc. Anything, I mean anything, to stem the long tide of neglect that has settled in Sloatsburg is a net positive to both of us. So, Mr. K continue to think about zoning – but more importantly, think about Sloatsburg – in 2017 – and next time you see MB – thank him.

  4. Editor Says:

    Well said.
    #TeamSloatsburg

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