ROTTERDAM: Exit to boosted tax base

Tommasone said he plans to contract with the city of Schenectady to have the line connect with the city's sewer treatment plant because it has excess capacity.

Tommasone and Comenzo both said once a sewer line is built, developers would come in to revitalize those areas.

"In the last several years, I have had a dozen calls about the vacant lot that Grand Union once occupied," Comenzo said.

The town has recently received $35,000 to study the land use around Hamburg Street. Comenzo said the study should be completed by June.

Currently, commercial and retail areas are mixed, with residential developments along Hamburg Street. The study will help town officials define the area and plan for potential development and revitalization.

"The small business and residents along Hamburg Street are going to have the ability to define their neighborhood and make it something they can be proud of," Comenzo said.

The state Department of Transportation is also planning to install a roundabout for the intersection of Curry Road and Hamburg Street. Construction for that project should begin in 2008.

A $25,000 CDTC grant was used to pay for a study of the Burdeck Street corridor and the areas surrounding Exit 25A. That study was completed in November 2004. Town officials are currently working to implement the study's recommendations.

Tommasone said an office park would be best suited for the area to increase the tax base, especially for residents within the Schalmont School District.

"You need something where people come in after the kids go to school and leave after the kids leave. An office park with related amenities such as a coffee shop and small eatery would be perfect for this location," he said.

According to town Assessor John Macekja, Schalmont school taxes are nearly double town taxes. Last year, residents within the Schalmont School District paid $613 per $1,000 of assessed value in school taxes and $370 per $1,000 of assessed value for town, county and highway taxes.

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