Four years ago Warwick resident, business owner and developer Stephen Kitar purchased the property, just shy of 10 acres, along West Street identified by the prominent formation known as “Pulpit Rock.”
In June 2019, Kitar applied to the town’s planning board, proposing a 110-room hotel and six eight-unit cottages, totaling 21,269 square feet, along West Street near County Route 1.
Jay Westerveld, a long-standing, locally known environmentalist has publicly labeled the nine-acre Pulpit Rock site as an “ecologically sterile cornfield,” “lacking biodiversity,” with an obscure 15- to 20-foot tall rock.
Kitar said critics’ claims are “ridiculous” and “false” that he plans to develop the site without regard for the environment, while also dynamiting bedrock. Stressing that he is a Warwick resident who cares about the community, Kitar added that he’s been a commercial developer in good standing since 2002.
Whereas a half-dozen lodging options existed in Warwick in the early 1900s, few exist today, and other local hotels are not readily accessible, Kitar said.
“This (Pulpit Rock Hotel) project represents rooms, tax dollars, tourist dollars and jobs that Warwick needs,” Kitar added.
Born in Ukraine, Stephen Kitar exemplifies the “American Dream.”
Stephen works on projects throughout the Village and town to help preserve the rich history of Warwick while working to improve the community for current and future generations. Stephen’s own project, Pulpit Rock, is the talk of the town and his show will shine a spotlight towards the truth behind the project and any other topics de jour within the town and community, blending historical significance with the modernity of today’s culture.
Stephen Kitar has been a dedicated and engaged resident of Warwick, NY for over 20 years contributing to the community through his project developments in the Village and the Town.
As a father of four, Stephen understands the need and importance of maintaining a safe and trustworthy community where future generations can grow and prosper. As a business owner and developer, Stephen has had multiple successful projects throughout the years and continues to create plans that will help our community flourish.
Stephen ran for the Village Trustee position in the 2020 election on the GROW Platform Growth Respectful of Warwick alongside Alfonso Gonella.
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