Board tables rezone request

The Guilderland town board decided at its June 6 meeting to table both controversial resolutions to rezone the properties at 2026 and 2028 Western Ave.

The resolutions considered a rezone from local business (LB) to business non-retail professional (BNRP).

The motion to table came from a request from councilman David Bosworth, who wanted to see a zoning analysis of all properties along Western Avenue, not just these two properties.

Bosworth said the rezone \should apply to all similar properties along Western Avenue.

I think in fairness we want to look at a larger population than just these two properties.

The motion to table passed, 3-2.

Despite his vote against the motion, Supervisor Ken Runion said that by looking not at just these two properties, the town will push ahead possible analysis and review of zoning in accordance with the 2001 comprehensive plan along Western Avenue that would have occurred in a few years.

"Moving it up and doing it now is not a problem," said Runion.

Connie Ware, the property owner at 2026 Western Ave., has a problem with the rezoning of her property and thinks that re-examing rezoning along Western Avenue could cause problems for businesses along the route.

"If that's the case, then all hell's going to break loose," Ware said.

Ware said potential rezoning would have a similar impact on businesses that a rezoning on her property would have.

Ware bought the property at 2026 Western Ave. with the intent to build a quality Italian restaurant. Ware is still able to own and operate a restaurant on the property since the business has already been approved by the town.

"If they rezone it, I feel the property is not worth as much," said Ware. "I paid top dollar for it because it's in an LB zone."

According to town records, the property sold for $357,000.

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