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25 Mountainview Street
Voorheesville, New York 12186
Phone (518) 765-2805
Fax (518) 765-3701

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Pastor's weekly message

Our project of building senior housing on the back field has been put on hold. About 12 years ago St. Matthew's parish had a dream of putting senior housing on the undeveloped property adjacent to the church. When I arrived as pastor a little over two years ago I explored the issue and reopened the possibility. A committee of dedicated parishioners has been working for two years to help design a proposal that could be presented to the parish and the community. In that process our developer, Paul Nichols of Paragon Real Estate Advisors, designed a proposal that required mixed age rental apartments along with senior rentals in order to make the project financially viable. The village board decided to propose planned development district (PDD) legislation in order to clarify their zoning law and allow proposals such as ours to be considered. We were advised to wait to publicly discuss our proposal until that process was concluded.

At a village board meeting in September meant to discuss the PDD legislation, the St. Matthew's project became a major topic of comment and concern despite the fact that the details of the committee's proposal had not been made public. In response to considerable vocal opposition, the village board decided to table the decision on the PDD and work on a comprehensive zoning plan for the village. As that process gets under way, the parish committee has decided to table the senior housing project until the village plan is finalized.

I am very saddened by this current situation because I have heard from many of our older parishioners of their interest in downsizing because they are not able or interested in owning their homes any longer but want to stay in the village. There are very few options for them. I hope and pray that the village board decides on a comprehensive plan that will allow St. Matthew's to propose a project that could begin to address the needs of our seniors for affordable apartment living in our village. But that conversation will have to wait for another day.

If you have any questions about this process or comments as we go forward, please feel free to talk with me at any time. As this Advent season begins, may we all find the time to prepare well for the coming of the Lord.

Fr. Chris

Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil at 5:00 PM
Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 AM
Tues, Wed, and Fri at 8:30 AM
Rosary and Novena
Monday at 6:30 PM
(September through May)
Saturday at 4:00 PM
(or by appointment)
Office Hours
Monday - Friday 9 AM to 3 PM