COLONIE: High-wattage debate

Throughout the proceedings, a few area residents have blasted Loudonville residents for pushing a self-serving agenda and seeking to employ its own building codes that differ from other allowable building uses in the town.

"No one put a gun to your head, handed you a key and said, 'You have to buy this house,'" said Doris Essepian, a longtime resident of Spring Street Road, south of the Siena Campus.

Essepian was speaking to the scores of newer Loudonville residents who have joined forces with the dozen or so residents opposed to the plan who have lived in the hamlet most of their lives.

"All I hear is mine, mine, me, me, with no regard for Siena. A college has to grow. They can't stop, and we heartily support the lights and the extension of the athletic program," she said.

The zoning board of appeals closed the public comment period on the variance and will prepare a finding of facts for the next scheduled meeting, Thursday, July 5, when the board will vote on the variance.""

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