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Neighbors wary about Everett Road retail project

A proposed retail center at Albany Shaker and Everett roads drew thae ire of residents at a Tuesday, Sept. 25, planning board meeting.

Loudon Square, a 19,100-square-foot office, retail and restaurant plaza, has been slated to replace the existing fence company on the 2.3-acre site.

The planning board adjourned the hearing until Nov. 13 after scores of residents sounded off on the possible traffic and noise issues the retail plaza could pose.

The building would be the first of such uses at the north end of Everett Road, which is zoned commercial office residential. Similar uses and buildings exist on the road, but they are located further south toward the town border with Albany.

Residents said they feared the project could mark the beginning of a new Wolf Road.

I think it's general frustration with that road. We have not made any decisions about what we are going to do, said Michael Crisafulli with Crisafulli Associates LLC, the company proposing to build the center.

The project includes a 14,600-square-foot office, retail and bank space with drive-through access, a 4,500-square-foot restaurant with outdoor seating and 122 parking spaces.

The scope of the project is in compliance with town ordinances, said Planning and Economic Development Director Denise Sheehan.

"It is not a Wolf Road, but Everett (Road) has viable commercial office space, and it has been identified for those uses," she said.

In the summer of 2004, Albany County undertook a $6.4 million reconstruction project of Everett Road. Since completion, business along the road has begun to take on new life, especially since the opening of the Everett Road Health Park last month.

Crisafulli was asked to take the public comments into consideration before he comes before planners again.

Days after the meeting, Crisafulli stated that it was too early to have moved on any of the recommendations made at the planning board meeting. Designers have yet to sit down and discuss the proposal and changes in particular, he said.""

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