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New Grandview public hearing set

By Patricio Robayo
Posted 1/25/22

FALLSBURG — This April will mark 10 years since one of the most devastating fires in Sullivan County history ripped through parts of Grandview Palace condominiums in Loch Sheldrake.

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New Grandview public hearing set

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FALLSBURG — This April will mark 10 years since one of the most devastating fires in Sullivan County history ripped through parts of Grandview Palace condominiums in Loch Sheldrake.

The fate of the Grandview Palace remains in the balance as the town board has extended and postponed the Grandview public hearing until 6 p.m. on February 28.

The meeting will be held in person at the Fallsburg Town Hall Court located at 19 Railroad Plaza in South Fallsburg. The meeting will also be held on Zoom video, and the link will be posted on the town’s website.

The Town of Fallsburg proposed taking over the site in 2020 and, in August 2021, held a public hearing to hear comments on the town’s use of Eminent Domain to take over the property.

According to the proposed action by the town, the town wanted to acquire the property so the land could be developed through residential, municipal, and commercial development projects.

The site was home to the famous Brown’s Hotel, which hosted a slew of celebrities and events during its heyday. As the large resort hotels declined in the Catskills, the resort was converted to condominiums.

It took over 65 fire companies to extinguish the fire, with neighboring county fire companies coming to aid in the firefighting at the historic site.

Many residents who attended the public hearing had expressed disappointment with the town’s move to use eminent domain before speaking to the former residents of the condo who were seeking restitution.

Residents from the condo wanted reparations from the insurance company due to the nature of the fire. However, the insurance did not compensate the residents due to a technical issue.

It is unclear at presstime whether the Fallsburg town board will go forward with an Eminent Domain process as the board now has three new members, including a new town supervisor.

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  • swhite747

    Ten years to decide what to do with this property???? And the insurance companies need to be held accountable and not allowed to avoid payment on a 'technical issue'

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