gordon brothers are at it again

gordon brothers are at it again

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JOHN KIMBER

Albany, NY

#1 Feb 1, 2010
THE GORDON BROTHERS ARE AT IT AGAIN

As many of you might remember, a few years ago several hundred people showed up to a hearing about a proposed Elliot/Michael Road development of 200+ so called luxury apartments. Saying that the apartments would provide affordable apartment living for seniors, the developers grossly understated the increase in traffic on Elliot and Michael Roads, the increased costs to the town with regard to required infrastructure improvements, the increased number of children in our schools etc. They had the audacity to suggest that this development would be a good thing for the people of the town and that they would be doing us all a favor to build it.

In a word, HOGWASH.

Everyone knew it was hogwash and THERE WAS OVERWHELMING OPPOSITION TO THIS DEVELOPMENT.

However, it seems that old developers never go away. They just bide their time and come back to present the same tired and rejected proposals at some later point when they think they have a better chance of getting it past the Town Board and the citizens of East Greenbush.

We all knew then, that these apartments would increase the number of citizens in our town who do not pay property tax.. As a result PROPERTY TAXES WOULD LIKELY GO UP, despite their arguments to the contrary. They would also clearly NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN EAST GREENBUSH. Nothing has changed except that it is more difficult to sell our houses because of the bad economy. We certainly don’t need the kind of development that would NEGATIVELY IMPACT PROPERTY VALUES .

Most of us live here because we like the convenience, and the relaxing suburban and semi –rural feel of the town. If we wanted to fight the traffic we’d live in Colonie or along the Northway in Clifton Park. We don’t want zoning changes that would significantly increase the population density in areas of single family homes.

Come to the NEXT PLANNING BOARD MEETING ON FEBRUARY 3RD, WEDNESDAY, 7PM AND/ OR EMAIL YOUR OBJECTIONS TO THIS DEVELOPMENT TO THE PLANNING BOARD CONSULTANT [email protected]

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