Mamakating hopes to buy Wurtsboro Airport by end of year

Wurtsboro Airport, surrounded by hilly terrain, is an ideal base for sailplanes

TOWN OF MAMAKATING – The Town of Mamakating could be the new owner of Wurtsboro Airport before the end of 2019. Town Supervisor Bill Herrmann said Wednesday that he hopes the town will close on the facility along Route 209 by the end of the year because owner Shalom Lamm said the price will go up next year. Because they are in contract negotiations, Herrmann would not disclose the potential purchase price.

The facility includes about 20 acres for the aviation side with some 300 acres of open space. There are a number of possible uses for that including for community concerts, said Herrmann.

“We are certainly not looking to be a Bethel Woods, more for local talent performing and maybe not too late into the night, maybe more into the Sunday afternoon kind of a thing,” he said. “To have a park at this end of the community would be just great. We would be able to control what goes on there so we wouldn’t have to worry about our viewshed and forest fires, because that ridge has burned a couple of times, and certainly protecting the water supply, probably the biggest thing.”

Herrmann said a portion of the unused land could also be used for development as a hotel and restaurant for private pilot-tourists.