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September 24, 2016
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Competitors for the Narrowsburg School speak

In a process that began in late 2013, we have accomplished the following:
• Retained Buck Moorhead as architect;
• Retained Jacobowitz and Gubits, a well-respected law firm with an office in Sullivan County with extensive experience in real projects throughout Orange and Sullivan counties, including re-development projects;
• Assembled a team of advisors that include an event professional and a fitness and physical therapy professional;
• Met with several members of the town board to discuss our plan, including use by the Town of Tusten of the ball fields located on the nearby 14 acres if and when use of the ball fields are no longer required by the Sullivan West School Board;
• Met with the Tusten code enforcement officer and the chairman of the planning board to seek preliminary approval of concept:
• Obtained the following information from the Tusten code enforcement officer and the chairman with respect to the plan we outlined:
o Our plan conforms with current zoning and no zoning variances will be required;
o Our plan conforms to building code requirements, and no building code variances will be required;
o All of the occupancies envisioned in our plan require "special permits," which are procedural applications for permitted uses;
o Our plan conforms with the Tusten Master Plan, adopted by the town board in December 2013;
o Our plan does not negatively impact the municipal water and sewer system;
• We have held discussions and received enthusiastic expressions of interest and support for the plan from potential users including Sullivan County Community College, the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, The Weekend of Chamber Music, as well as many offers to connect us with other organizations and individuals needing the type of space we plan to offer;
• We have met with Fr. James Scully, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, neighbor to school on the east side, to discuss how the two parties can work cooperatively together;
• We have met-with and/or discussed our plan with many of the Narrowsburg legacy families, the newer residents to the area, and families who frequent the area as part-time residents, and all parties have expressed support and enthusiasm for our plan.

We will continue our listening tour with the Narrowsburg citizens as we continue to develop our plan.