The contentious battle over the future of Ingersoll Home and the surrounding property initially heated up last spring when the town board narrowly approved legislation allowing the owners of the nursing facility to open a new residence at 3359 Consaul Road. That happened as the nursing home's management reached a tentative agreement to sell the Ingersoll Home to Highland Development for a reported $3.5 million. But the sale is conditional on town officials giving the green light to the strip mall proposed for the site.
Throughout months of public hearings, Town Supervisor Luke Smith has been a key backer of the project. Efforts to reach him for this article were unsuccessful, but he has previously expressed concern that Niskayuna will be sued if the project is blocked. He has also noted that the developers have gone beyond the requirements of local law by conducting their own archeological dig on the site. ""