NISKAYUNA: Residents seek moratorium

The Niskayuna Town Board did not make any decision on the Ingersoll Home or the property it sits on, but the board did listen to concerns from residents for more than an hour at its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Many residents expressed their fears about development in the community and asked for a moratorium, so the town would have more time to decide what to do with its historic sites and open spaces.

Resident Dart Strayer has done intensive research on the property and the many options that are available to the town. He asked that a moratorium become an option in this issue, because he said the gaps in the town's comprehensive plan, which was completed in 2003, could lead to bad decisions in the future. Strayer said a moratorium would give the town more time to look at its historic sites and open spaces.

We don't have a handle on important historical places or open green spaces, he said. "This is what makes our town unique and makes Niskayuna a good place to live. A moratorium would give us the opportunity to look at what we want to do with these places."

Strayer said he was concerned not only with the Ingersoll property, but with land along the Mohawk as well.

Strayer also pushed for an environmental impact statement on the property, which would make the town look at the environmental and economic impact development at the site would have on the community.

Strayer said by amending certain zoning laws and limiting the size of development, the town would encourage smart and appropriate development.

Bill Wilkerson of Dean Street said residents in the community have become concerned with development in the area and the Ingersoll House issue has brought those concerns out into the public.

Melissa MacKinnon of Wemple Lane said she was also concerned about the general development in Niskayuna. She was particularly concerned about the existing open spaces.

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