Along with criticism from local residents seeking to keep the home at its current location and possibly use the remaining acreage for small-scale professional offices, the proposed development has raised the ire of preservationists also seeking to keep the historic home at its current location. They have voiced concerns that moving the historic structure will destroy it, and their ranks have been joined by the town's Conservation Advisory Council, which recently released a nine-page report calling the historic home "a unique community asset" that's irreplaceable.
Led by Linda Champagne, Niskayuna's town historian, the preservationists have formed a group calling themselves the Friends of Stanford Home, in honor of a prominent area family that once lived in the home.
Earlier this month, the group requested that Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office intervene. His office has not yet acted on their request. ""