Kelly Ellenwood | Hudson Valley; Chronogram

Kelly Ellenwood 
Member since Jan 15, 2015

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Re: “Development in the Spotlight: Beacon, NY

It could be said that the "New Beacon Theatre" is a result of citizens pushing back. Story Screen wasn't even in the picture when a group of concerned citizens organized by BeaconArts (then BeaconArts board members Scott Tillitt, Terry Nelson and myself) met with the developer; when in tandem with Cabot Parsons/CityArts we held a development forum relative to the the Theatre at BEAHIVE; and when we created a community poll asking what our community wanted for the Theatre and for a vibrant Main Street. I still have the results which were presented at multiple City Council meetings. Sure, there was room set aside for some sort of theatrical space (a community room if you will), but I believe that because there was respectful dialogue with the developer, and because it was clear that the community would support an endeavor beyond what was being presented, something really great came about. I think we all agree that the result is a good one, and that mixed use development with an arts-related component is a good fit for our beloved city. My overarching point is that by engaging positively with a developer, we can make a difference. I am disappointed that this opinion piece frames current development as "making a killing" when some of the major developers in town all moved here long before many of the folks who are reading this article, and these developers all plan to stay - they have skin in the game and love Beacon just as much as anyone. I say let's engage and have a dialogue (whether at a Planning Board meeting or in a bar or at a gallery opening), and continue to emphasize our values, hopes and dreams. There has been so much rancor, trolling, and insidious suggestions that politicians are "on the take" by so many; the negativity is palpable, and not good for our community - I realize that some of it is due to current discourse at the national level, but I think we are better than that. So, let's be positively pro-active and understand that maybe a project that is causing an uproar CAN possibly become something good.

As a reminder Brian PJ Cronin's writing on this very subject -

https://highlandscurrent.org/2015/09/11/do…

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Posted by Kelly Ellenwood on 05/01/2019 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Best Pizza Places in the Hudson Valley

AMA in Beacon is amazing! Should be on the list.

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Posted by Kelly Ellenwood on 08/17/2018 at 7:26 PM

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