Wurtsboro, NY - Jewish Developer Plans to Build a Gated Community
Wurtsboro, NY - A Long Island developer plans to build a community of mansions on top of the Shawangunk Ridge.
Shalom Lamm, under his Black Creek Holdings LLC development company, says he is planning an exclusive gated community of 49 luxury homes on 650 acres. Prices will start at $2 million.
The model house, which has soaring cathedral ceilings and panoramic views of the valley, is 8,300 square feet, with six bedroom suites, seven full bathrooms and two half baths.
Lamm says he intends to build houses that will be admired for generations. He touted the project as a boon for the tax base in the struggling Sullivan County Town of Mamakating, which just raised taxes by 20 percent.
But environmentalists are watching his moves on the ridge closely.
“We are concerned about the whole thing,” Basha Kill Area Association President Paula Medley said. “Anything that goes up on that ridge, a major development like this one, is going to be seriously scrutinized.”
The project, dubbed Seven Peaks at Mountain Road, could include a commercial component. In the northwest corner of the property, which overlooks the Bashakill preserve, Lamm hopes to build a 5-star, 200-room hotel, spa and convention center.
He still needs town approval for the remaining homes and resort, which will require an extensive environmental review. The Planning Board has filed its intent to be the lead agency.
A major developer downstate who owns the Wurtsboro airport, Lamm has been making moves that could bring 282 town houses and homes and a golf course to Forestburgh. He is also developing two shovel-ready commercial sites in Crawford and Fair Oaks in Orange County.
He recently opened an office in Bloomingburg and hired a couple of heavy hitters: Scott Samuelson, the former chairman of Sullivan’s Chamber of Commerce, and Marc Baez, the former president of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development.
Lamm recently spent more than $1 million to save the near-defunct Wurtsboro Airport, where he learned to fly as a young man. And he has renovated the former Ant Hill, a dilapidated diner in Wurtsboro, at a cost of $600,000. He remodeled the diner as a home for the town library and has also created a wing for a coffee shop.
Lamm says these projects, where he admits to losing money, show a commitment to quality and the town.
“This is the most gratifying thing you can do,” Lamm said, standing among the bookshelves in the library, which will open later this month. “No one can question my motives.”
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